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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Another Development?

Does anyone have any info on the land that has sold next to the Cape
Inn on Snail Road. Heard it was sold to a developer who wants to build high end
condos. How many condos can you fit on 2.93 acres? Sounds like it times to rally
the troops so we don't have another "project" built. Bay Colony across the
street is on a little over 3.5 acres with 72 units... just asking. Any info
would be helpful. Thanks,

Chet Stevens
2:21 pm edt 

Ryder Street Pay Station Has Not Worked Well

I have run into so many tourists who can't get the machine to accept their
money. They've tried one parking space after another and the machine rejects
their money.

Another ill-fated attempt by this town. Go back to basics since you don't have
the technology to run it right--nor, I fear, the brains. How many odd
wrong-thinking projects can one tiny town initiate? Don't ask. Please, just
don't ask.
10:11 am edt 

Re: Ryder St. Pay Station

Dear Rat:

I could not agree with you more. Give Town Hall permits to employees who need to
use their own or cars for work. Everyone else up to Grace Hall. Residents after
5. It was a nice little perk for Townies with a sticker. But who cares about us?
10:10 am edt 

Re: Ryder Street pay Station

When the pay station is down it is usually due to some idiot putting in a sticky
quarter or slug and jamming it.  When this happens, the machine automatically
calls the parking department so that it can be fixed ASAP.

As far as a 25% increase in revenue.  One poster claims this as false due to
town hall employees having access to the parking lot and thereby negating any
increases.  FALSE.  Last year there were no employee parking spaces.  It is the
exact same configuration that statistics are being gathered and specifically why
this lot was chosen as a test site.

The machine works as promised.  The street looks better without all those
meters.  And there is an increase in revenue.

We should expand the program.  Unless the negative poster is a parking lot
attendant,  then God forbid we take away their winter unemployment check.

10:08 am edt 

Pilgrim Monument Celebrates 100 Years:

Where's the Illustrous McKinley & Kaslow and Metcalf & Eddy (now "AECOM")
not contributng even a penny?

They have taken plenty. McKinley & Kalsow took $7 million for town hall musuem.
What have they donated to our celebration? Now they will get another $1.5
million for the Library. Where are this Boston based archetiectural firm when we
are celebrating this event? And what about Metcalf & Eddy--now known as AECOM.
They have received how many millions and even more mission from us. But do they
even have a two inch ad in the 100 Year Celebration Pilgrim Monument booklet?
No. No. NO.

They are both outsiders who take from us and have little respect for our
heritage and our celebration. They don't even feel they have to donate ten
dollars to our major celebration.

They may kiss Sharon's bottom and kiss the frog's wet bum, but they give little
thought and no respect to our major celebration. I find this disgusting.

10:07 am edt 

Friday, July 30, 2010

Missing Blog

I'm hoping a blog was "jumped over" due to innocent omission and not
left out due to censorship or bias.  This would defeat the purpose of the blog
and is disappointing at best.  

8:05 pm edt 

Re: Ryder St. Pay Station
 
"The Ryder St pay station has resulted in a 25%
increase of revenue compared to the meters."
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I think this statement is misleading. Prior to the pay station being installed,
the Ryder st. parking lot was reserved for Town Hall employes, or residents with
stickers in off hours. Now the Town is collecting revenue for these spots by
using the pay station. And I would say that there must be at least 25% as many
spots in the parking lot as on Ryder street. Doesn't sound like an increase to
me. But I haven't ever heard any Town official discount the total money
collected by this amount. Zero sum gain.

And even if they do discount the amount reported, it still doesn't increase the
revenue to the Town by one red cent. Because the people who park in that lot are
not parking in the other Town lots. Zero sum gain. But we as residents loose
because we no longer have the benefit of that convenient parking. And we then
have to park in another Town lot, thus filling a space that someone else could
be paying for. Again, zero sum gain.

That lot is ours and I think it should be given back to use when Town Hall
reopens. Does anyone think they wont give it back to Town Hall employees? And at
the same time get rid of that pay station.

A Rat In The Basement
8:04 pm edt 

Street Entertainers

I know one needs a permit to perform in front of town hall, but is there anyway
to have one revoked due to complete lack of talent? Has anyone heard the guy
with the bushy mustache sing, and I use that term loosely!! It's amazing how
fast the benches start clearing as soon as he starts.
2:48 pm edt 

Re: Pay Station

That's right call the parking office and they will be sure to tell you the pay
station is always down..  It has not brought in the revenue it nearly should
have.

Let's not invest in anymore faulty equipment!
2:46 pm edt 

Illegal Purchase & Sales Agreement

It Is Illegal for the BOS and Topwn Manager to sign a P&S aGreement to
Purchase for Cabral's Pier Without Town Votes

They are not empowered to spend $5 million without our agreeing to this purchase
with actual votes by residents. They cannot use the deceptive or illusory notion
that $5 million will appear as a federal grant and the money will fall from the
sky. This is an illegal act and anyone signing should face recall.
12:19 pm edt 

Library project and Related Issues

This town is famous for their projects that wont cost the taxpayers a dime. The
library didn't cost us a dime. It costs us millions. Now, the purchase of
Cabral's pier wont cost the taxpayers a cent. Beware of such promises. Maybe
they plan on paying for it with the savings they expect to get by screwing the
older retirees. The town has a history of making promises they can't or wont
keep.
12:17 pm edt 

Re: Taxes

Perhaps tax increases would not have had to been so high if prior town
management and selectmen had bothered with upkeep of town facilities. Instead we
had to spend millions to fix the rot that went unattended for decades. Shame on
you not Sharon. Regarding the sewer better to have spent the money we did than
face the insane costs other Cape towns are facing now. Congrats on that bit of
foresight.
12:15 pm edt 

Kung Fu Thinking

Library project, Town Hall project, Bangs St. project, Sewer project,
proposed Pier project - pick your project.  None were/are presented truthfully
based on reality.  No reason for it other than weakness on those with power to
change it.  Apparently par for the course in Provincetown.  Remember
grasshoppers, stremf (intentional misspelling) in numbers.    Fool me once,
shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

baby grasshopper 
12:14 pm edt 

Re: Pay Station

"The pay station in my opinion is a loss of revenue ! So, we tried it
and it hasn't really worked out.  Let's not set up anymore...."
************************************************************


ahh, but you are mistaken.  The Ryder St pay station has resulted in a 25%
increase of revenue compared to the meters.  Call the parking office, they will
confirm the substantial increase.  For a town that brings in $1.3 million in
parking revenue if these pay stations brought it the same additional revenue all
over town it's a no brainer for this cash starved town.
12:12 pm edt 

Be Careful

As you Drive around Provincetown streets, have you noticed that a good
number of people on bikes swerve towards you? Almost to the point of you hitting
them? It turns out that they are doing it on purpose. They want to get hit and
sue to get money from your insurance Co. A lot of these riders are from other
countries where the US. dollar is worth more. So even if they only get a small
amount, when they bring it home its a good sum of money! The insurance company
will almost always make a settlement because its cheaper than bringing it to
court. I know this because it has happened to a friend of mine. Please watch out
for this CON game. They also try hitting people walking.
12:08 pm edt 

Title: "Provincetown's Climb to it's Fall"

Characters:   Town officials and developers (basically the shakers and movers,
players, etc.)

Supporting Characters:    Fringe relatives benefitting

Theme:        Take a town born from two crafts, fishing and artistry, and turn
it into a cash cow for money hungry characters who reside elsewhere when the
cold hits.

Developmental instructions:  DO NOT DARE to insinuate otherwise in any aspect of
the production.



12:06 pm edt 

Thanks, I'm Glad to KNow Edwige Has Air Conditionaing

After all these years, congratulations to them and to us. Now we can enjoy
fabulous food in comfort. Good decision. Global warming has some inadvertent
benefits!

To the other restaurants who have had air conditioning, thanks also for cool
meals in cool places. Gombai!
12:04 pm edt 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Stop the World We........ Want to Get Off!!

What is Happening in the Last Two Years is More Taxes, Higher Taxes,
and more Town Meetings

That is what has been accomplilshed. One big, fat project followed by another
big, fat project---from Town Hall at $7 million-- and they are not done-- to the
Sewer at millions more. Spend, spend spend. There is no fiscal management. The
solution: Overrides. This is no way to run this small town.

The albatross around our necks is the chair of the BOS who pulls Sharon's
strings and then she jumps and moves. Neither should be applauded for their
mismanagement and their false dreams of federal grants.
10:24 am edt 

White Elephant Library

Is anybody else confused or feel deceived again about the library project? I'm
shocked that we are hiring an architect at this stage of the game. Weren't there
plans drawn years ago before we started spending millions? And if there were no
plans for the final phase, how did the powers that be come up with an estimate
for construction? Sounds like it was a guestimate and they will be back in our
pockets gain.

That project was almost as stupid as renovating the high school a few years
before we shut it down. Now let's buy a rotted out derelict wharf. Everybody
raise your hand!  
10:21 am edt 

To: Webmaster

Are you going to list in BOLD all the restaurants who have AC in
Provincetown, not sure this heading has anything to do with the nature nor
intentions of this BLOG, come on gate keepers stop showing your bias.


10:11 am edt 

Special Town Meeting

Special Town Meeting will be November 1st., 2010

A Rat In The Basement
9:24 am edt 

Re: Private Developer History

I think you are trying to rewrite history. Even a casual reading of the press
reports of the developer who considered buying Cabral's would show that a little
thing called "the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression" intervened
and caused the developer to drop the idea. It wasn't town meddling "it's the
economy....."

Good idea or bad idea let's not rewrite a false history, it doesn't further the
discussion one bit other than to give the poster another chance to reintroduce
the old tiresome game of "whack Rex."
9:07 am edt 

This Town Manager is Better Suited to a Smaller Venue,.....a McDonalds

"The town would not be afforded any upfront cost. The money is coming from
Federal Grants so this would cost the town virtually nothing.  AND... the roads
are being done in 2011 off already approved Federal Grant money so everyone
breathe."


..and the Brooklyn Bridge is for sale along with some magic beans in a satchel
on the back of a unicorn

..and Right.  The town (no, sorry, the taxpayers) will pay through the nose in
the end for this derelict pier AND the roads should have been fixed two years
ago at a minimum, but yet, we still are waiting for the imaginary Federal Grant
money that will be swallowed up by something stupid so the roads don't see a red
penny.

This town manager is better suited to a smaller venue, a McDonalds or Ocean
State Job Lot.  Sorry, don't see ANYTHING done recently that warrants a pat on
her back.  The town is a mess compared to other Cape towns and other small towns
across the country.  Everyone could breathe again if the beaches didn't stink so
much.    
9:05 am edt 

Fisherman's Wharf

This purchase and any related costs
will have to go before TM. Vote all
related articles "no". We don't need
another alcatraz around our necks.

Mermaid
9:02 am edt 

Re: Pay Station

Ryder Street looks better without the
meters, but if the pay station is not
working properly, what's the Cents?

Penny Lane
9:00 am edt 

Re: "Pay Station"

Sure the meters worked very well however did it occur to you that maybe it
looks just a tad nicer without them lining our streets anymore?
Hmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!
6:21 am edt 

Re: Fishermen's Wharf

The current state of affairs at Cabral's Pier is evidence that private
ownership of this pier is not without problems.  The future of this pier is not
necessarily as simple as a choice between it becoming a town owned debacle or a
privately run utopia.  It is highly unlikely that a billionaire eccentric will
fall in love with Provincetown and decide to buy Cabral's pier and turn it into
the waterfront paradise that accommodates each and every one of our visions for
this very significant part of our town.  Private investors will likely be
looking for concessions from us that may create burdens beyond the fiscal ones
that are currently of such great concern.
12:44 am edt 

Re: Proposed Purchase of Fishermen's Wharf
 
"...(have)a private owner with developmental and management skills
would be better suited."
*********************************************************************


 Well, if you recall, the guy who renovated and rejuvenated the waterfront in
Nantucket wanted to purchase the wharf a couple years ago and the town and BOS,
with it's insipid notion that it knew best, peppered the guy with a dump truck
full of roadblocks and he smartly backed out. ANY intelligent developer would
balk at coming here. All one encounters is stonewalling and shoddy reasoning as
to why the town can't change; but OH, HOW IT SHOULD! Just in a way that doesn't
affect anything, right? Well, guess what, folks? Change is tough but good and
you can't stop it any more than you can stop the tides. Evolution is not just a
theory, it happens. Not here, however, not with the silly rules, the mindless
meddling of maddening morons who've been elected to "reign" on our parade of
actually envisioning a viable town rife with honest, solid year-round commerce.
Instead what one finds is a clutter of grab-hungry pseudo business folk who flee
as soon as the last tourist closes the l!
ast guesthouse door. What's worse, the chosen BOS twiddle and twaddle and do
nothing to bring forth necessary movement toward fiscal solvency. So, the answer
is, in their mind, to buy Cabral's. And then what? Hire a Junior Rex? I fear the
whole thing would sink. 

12:12 am edt 

Re: "How about a Restaurant in the Museum on the Wharf?"

Sorry but that part of the pier is not owned by the town! Get your facts right before you put
down someone.
12:08 am edt 

Pay Station:

What is up with the pay station on Ryder street always jammed up ?  This was a
very poor idea.  Stick with the meters, they worked just fine.

I hear more people talking about that station always mal functioning.  How can
that be beneficial to the town?

The pay station in my opinion is a loss of revenue ! So, we tried it and it
hasn't really worked out.  Let's not set up anymore....

A taxpayer listening to concerned citizens!
12:06 am edt 

Next Town Meeting?

Does anyone know when it's scheduled?  I will be attending for the first time
(just switched residency).  Thank you for your help.  I couldn't find the
information on the town's website.
12:05 am edt 

Cabral Pier/Wharf

The town would not be afforded any upfront cost. The money is coming from
Federal Grants so this would cost the town virtually nothing.  AND... the roads
are being done in 2011 off already approved Federal Grant money so everyone
breathe... It's all happening and guess what!?  HAIL Sharon Lynn!  SHE is the
one getting everything done.  Whomever thinks nothing has happened in last 2
years needs to pull their head out of sand!  It's her efforts in last two years
that has made up for 3 generations of inept management that didn't do any
maintenance causing this administration to act and have to pass so much taxation
onto the township at this point... no one else did.  ALL HAIL SHARON LYNN! 
She's the best.
12:03 am edt 

Town Hall is Almost Done--And Sharon Needs Another Mega Project

So here is Cabral's Wharf. Buy it for $5 million and spend another $3 million at
least trying to fix it up. Deal of the century? Just another bad deal and just
another mega project.

Think small would be a better mantra for this BOS and town manager.
12:02 am edt 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Re:There is no End to This Madness!!

Indeed there is not. The Cabrals have been trying to unload that pier for the
entire 30 years that I've been following Provincetown politics and real estate.
The place is a mess. The parking that Selectman Bedard thinks we need in the
center of Town is illegal. The Cabrals have been thumbing their noses at the
Town for generations.

In 30 years the private sector has never seen the viability in Cabral's Wharf.
Nor has the public sector until we have Sharon Lynne thinking she has negotiated
the deal of the century. And the 5 stooges on the board of selectmen backing her
up. Do you suppose Grassy at least stepped down for the vote? Nope. No conflict
of interest there. 
9:12 pm edt 

If So, Then They Must Go!

If it is true that the BOS want to buy Cabral's warf then they must
go! It is not in the financial interest of the town to enter into this purchase.
So many reasons... we do not and cannot take care of what we have, a private
owner with developmental and management skills would be better suited and we do
not need the added cost to townspeople. Hey, maybe we should improve, better
manage, and make Macmillan more desirable (how about a restaurant inthe old
museum that was screwed up?). Do not even let BOS do a $30,000 study. Finish
what is on our plate before we ask for seconds. Some people say it would be an
opportunity lost. Sounds like a good argument but it isn't in the best interest
of the town. The best interest of the town would be served by a private owner
that would want it to be successful.
9:11 pm edt 

For Those Who Asked: Front Page: Inspect ALL Title Vs and ALCesspools!L
 
Brought to you by Jane Evans and the illustrious Board of Health--brought to you
by new Chair Mark Phillips and old Board member Gerry Anatham. Thanks guys. What
would we do without you? Oh, do we have a chance to find out? You both should be
recalled and Jane Evans sent back to Truro where she doesn't have to pay
Provincetown taxes.
6:16 pm edt 

There is no End to This Madness!!

I was wondering the date and time of TOWN MEETING that we the
taxpayers and voters in Provincetown directed the Town Manager and or the Board
of Selectmen to pursue the purchase of Cabral's pier? The Town Manager and the
Board of Selectmen are "out of their mind" if they think that we the taxpayers
are going to foot yet another increase in taxes when we have not even been told
of the results of the $300,000 plus we voted to spend on the exisitng building
we own and need to maintain. Does Michele, David, Grassy, Austin or Elaine have
any sense of fiscal responsibility? There is no end to this madness!! This town
can NOT afford any more debt.

3:59 pm edt 

In the Eye of the Beholder

The town may look better as more and more buildings are restored. 
However, the addition of hundreds of condo units and houses has not made the
town look any better.  It just looks more crowded.

3:53 pm edt 

We Can't Handle What We Already Own!

The town has enough on it's hand trying to manage McMillan Wharf
already.  Buying the other wharf makes absolutely no sense for the town.  If the
town wants to be in business it should start by having the town offices open
during normal business hours.  The town has no business being in the waterfront
development business.
3:52 pm edt 

What's Left

Thats precious, "sizzling hot real estate market".  Only in certain
circles, my dear.  And what does that leave for all those poor affordable
housing year-round folks these development icons love so much but shove further
under the rug with every new foundation to eat the scraps left when the good
units are gone at top dollar to 2nd, 3rd, etc. homeowners.  Murchison house
looks much better with plywood peaking through the weeds and overgrowth.
Priceless.   
3:50 pm edt 

Purchase Available Land to Stop Development

I agree, the town is looking much better with buildings being fixed up
after years of neglect and poor taste. I however also feel that we should all
buy up the rest of the undeveloped land in town to stop any new developments.
Lets get the open space people to help us with this. Celine, can we do this with
CPA monies?
3:47 pm edt 

Re: Overdevelopment

If you don't want to see anything more built then organize the funds to buy
remaining land and keep it vacant. Otherwise stop carping about private property
being built on by private entities. It's called a free market. I think parts of
the west end look better than they ever have with dilapidated structures being
restored and lots of care going into it (eg, Octagon House, Murchison Property,
etc.) The current sizzling hot real estate market seems to be proving this out.

12:10 pm edt 

Over Development

Do you honestly think developers care if the focus is on them or the
beaches or mutant chipmunks.  They couldn't care less and won't ever be stopped. 
Once every square inch of the town is built out they'll start with houseboat
condos.  You wait and see.  Shocked it hasn't started already but with the town
buying the wharf at a cool 5 mil. the groundwork will be set.  Water lines,
sewer lines, electrical lines, cables and the town can foot the bill, of course. 
Carte blanche means you can do anything you want and that's what they have. 
Money talks so much louder than any abutters can scream. 

Food for thought.  Maybe when the pier is a done deal, some roads can be fixed. 
Crazy, I know, but hit a pothole this morning on a town road that made teeth
rattle. 
9:04 am edt 

Hey Rat:

There is no "character" left in this town.  Worse than a
poorly run circus.  Ramshackled beachfront, mismanaged resources, unimagineable
overdevelopment actually AIDED by purposely inept town boards, financial
overextension (definitely need a derelict pier to add to the stew), no high
school and the list goes on and on.   Look at the pitiful example on what used
to be Bangs St. Ext.  Since when is a bldg. permit also a deed for an adjacent
private road.  Another neighborhood ruined.   But alas, again, "what a shame". 
Town hall will continue to turn a blind eye as long as the gravy train keeps
coming on time.  A good, old-fashioned scrubdown is called for including the
beaches and town hall. Hire a manager of a Walmart to take over.  A better job
would be done, guaranteed.  Quaint, refreshing Ptown is a distant memory buried
under a rotting pile of seaweed in front of the Old Colony with a dead bird, a
used diaper and some old condoms.  Disagree?  Name on!
e thing other than a dog park that could even be remotely included in the
category of meaningful positive progress in this town that happened over the
last two years... and town official bank accounts getting fatter doesn't count.   


DeCon 
9:02 am edt 

Wake Up

Everyone is so concerned with seaweed when this town is being over built and
losing its charm.  Has anyone seen parts of the West End lately ?

I'm sure the developers are hoping you all keep your focus on the seaweed on the
beaches.
8:28 am edt 

Scale Bylaw Revision Meeting.....

...Tonight, Wednesday. 6:00, Grace Govia building.
Get what you want included here instead of trying to do it on the floor of Town
Meeting.
8:02 am edt 

"Development in Provincetown"

So I watched "Development in Provincetown" last night. I really like
the idea of the show, I hope it continues.

But. What was the outcome? Was a vote taken by the board? If so what was the
result? Who voted in favor or opposed?

Does the women on the end ever talk?

And no I don't think the Board is fulfilling its mandate IF they voted to allow
this project as proposed. Reality is that nothing of the old house will remain,
and the character of that neighborhood will be forever changed.

A Rat In The Basement
7:50 am edt 

Fishermen's Wharf

The Selectmen voted to buy Fishermen's Wharf? Could you provide more
information than just that statement?
7:45 am edt 

Fisherman's Wharf

The BoS is crazy. We can't even maintain what the town
already owns. And who will manage the wharf? The pier
Corp? What a joke. I'm not laughing.

Mermaid
7:44 am edt 

Title V and Septic Systems

"The law states that if your system is pumped 3 times in one year it is
failed. Period. This is the law. Period. What is up with the mandatory
inspection?"
*************************************************************


Because there are a couple of systems that are getting around this by hiring an
out of state pumper who doesn't file with the state. Ever see the pumpers who
are pumping in the middle of the night?  They are in violation and are doing it
so they don't get caught.
7:42 am edt 

Re: Title V and Septic Systems

All this wondering about septic systems, I called someone who would definately
be in the know. Turns out, water and sewer asked for the red dot septic systems
to be inspected with the intention being if they failed, they would then have to
go on the sewer system right away. They couldn't make the regulation so they
passed it on to the board of health and they considered expanding the required
inspections to everyonme in town because some in the public felt the red dots
were being unfairly singled out. The board didn't pass any regulation but are
considering something in the middle, some systems out side the red dots will
probably need to be inspected for some "to be announced" reason but not
everyone.

Now breathe out.
12:20 am edt 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

This is Ridiculous!

The law states that if your system is pumped 3
times in one year it is failed. Period. This is the law. Period. What is up with
the mandatory inspection? How about a voter amendment that all of the bills for
the inspection be paid by the individuals who want to force the inspections.
11:17 pm edt 

Please!

Enough with the large type size. Here we go again, scrolling
all the way to the bottom to read what you actually wanted. Please, appreciate
the site, but ...
11:16 pm edt 

Clean Beaches

Great idea.  Let's put more fees to the private sector while the fat
cats sit back and count their money for a job poorly done.  NO.  Immediate order
to clean the beaches, ConsCom, DEP, Town Manager and assistants, whoever that
gets paid to look out for the town.  These people have NOT been doing their
jobs.  They can take their vacation month and clean the beaches.  Alot can get
done on that 5th weekday-but-not-a-work-day and during 2 hour lunches.
11:14 pm edt 

Beach Cleaning Obstructionist

If you dare to organize a vigilante clean-up of the beaches you can
bet the concom will be issuing citations or even worse arresting people who
care. They are leting beachfront properties go and make terraces, patios,
parking areas with materials that are not allowed but you know they will come
down hard on the caring public that dares to act.
11:12 pm edt 

Please, Please: Who is Leading this Town?

Is there any future direction, any long-term strategy, any sense of top notch
management at the top? Sorry, but this town seems leaderless.

The issues that impact most of town residents seems not to be a priority. But
inspecting Title V's and Inspecting septic systems seems to be key issues. But
to whom?

Please, this is not the small town of West goshen. this is Provincetown and we
need sophiticated leadership to deal with sophisticated issues.

Gosh, golly, but this ain't podunk!
11:10 pm edt 

Fishermen's Wharf

The Selectmen voted to buy Fishermen's Wharf for almost $5,000,000!
First they will hit us with an override for an engineering study in the fall.
Then they will hit us with a matching grant of 25% which means an over
$1,000,000 override! Remember, town officials told us that MacMillan would pay
for itself? Yeah, right we are paying all of the municipal debt, millions in
fact. This is an acquisitive board who just has to buy, buy buy. Duarte's
parking lot fell through so let's try Fishermen's Wharf! This will be the
financial ruin for Provincetown.
11:08 pm edt 

Clean Beaches...

If the town can't or won't clean our once beautiful beaches then let's get the
private sector to help. Or, maybe the town can institute a beach permit or
individual beach badges (daily, weekly and seasonal) -- This would enable the
town to sell the badges, collect fees to support the administration and
enforcement of the badges and use the money to clean the beaches!
5:11 pm edt 

It's Not Logical!

"If your title 5 or septic is working properly you have nothing to
worry about"... except the $300 to $500 cost to have the inspection performed. 
Why should all property owners have to have inspections on systems that have not
failed?  Something is not right with this.
5:09 pm edt 

Provincetown Beaches

Clean town beaches, for a tourist town, should be tops on the priority
list.   But no, they are ignored by the pretty penny makers "looking out" for
the town's best interests.  Defend rotting seaweed and trash all you want but to
defend this is insane.  If you disagree, let's meet and have a picnic in front
of the Surf Club with some babies and toddlers.  Oh, you can't, that's right,
it's too disgusting.  I know how these beaches look clean and feel sick when I
look at what has become of the front street beaches.  Not a swimmer, child,
towel or umbrella in sight on a hot summer day from the Surf Club to the old
Flagship.  You can't even lay a towel.  Just trash and seaweed and rotting
boats.   It is not a prominent restaurant owner raising a stink, it is the beach
that your Conservation Commission holds so dearly that you smell.  Whether it's
their jurisdiction or not, these people and the Board of Health should be forced
by the powers that be to implement an emerg!
ency plan for beach cleanup immediately even if they have to do it themselves. 
They have been paid to manage this and they have failed but aren't returning any
paychecks.  Going on for way too long. HAVE A MEETING, COME UP WITH A PLAN,
CLEAN THE BEACHES.  THEY breed disease.
4:40 pm edt 

The Best

I must say of all the fish markets I have been to, by and far Cape Tip
Seafood's Fish Market in Truro is the cleanest, friendliest market I have ever
seen. Simply amazing.  The fish was very fresh and the staff was funny, polite,
and informative. The prices were way below any others on the Lower Cape. If u
ever want to experience a top class market it is by far the best I have seen on
the Cape........
3:38 pm edt 

You Have Missed the Entire Point! the Town Broke Its Promise with Red Dot Delays

You Have Missed the Entire Point! the Town Broke Its Promise with Red

and now the town wants to punish the entire town. NO. No. NO.

If a system fails, then they can connect. That was the promise and that is what
the town should do. Not force all Title Fives and All Septic systmes to be
inspected. They have not failed. There is nothing wrong. Keep your Board of
Healthy hands off our systems! We are not the problem but I sense that the new
chair, Mark Phillips, and some of these board memebers are the problem. Will
they be inspecting Beacon Lighthouse? Or are they already connected and
therefore, tough for any other business and any other residences.

Who is pulling their strings? We don't need puppets but people with integrity.
3:36 pm edt 

What"s Up.........

......with the empty lot on the corner of Bradford and West Vine
Ext.? It is becoming a messed-up ground worn parking lot. People were parking
ther for Victor's because he never created the off site parking he promised the
town . Now people are leaving ther cars there for what seems to be the duration
of their vacation. It was bad enough that the bicycle shop has laid exclusive
claim to the town property on the opposite corner.
11:50 am edt 

This Title 5 Inspection is Just Another TAX!!!!!

Just watch there will be a fee attached, and who will do the inspections? Will the inspections be
done by relatives of town officials? Hmmm. Conflict of interest!!!!!!!!!   Since
the town is mandating this, the town should pay for all of the inspections out
of their current budget.  And maybe they should PAVE COMMERCIAL St. before more
people get hurt on the uneven surfaces, and oh one more thing, the beach is full
of trash and rotting seaweed. Why are we paying huge amount of taxes??? Payed
lunches, 4 day work weeks , and huge salaries, it must be nice.
11:47 am edt 

Why Can't We Take Action?

How come the Truro and Wellfleet bay side beaches are so clean and
ours smell and are filthy? How tough is it to send some town workers down to the
beach to clean it up once per week for a couple of hours. A few weeks ago there
was a group out at the far east end beach picking up trash, they might have been
from Job Corp or Earth Watch??? Not sure, but they picked up a considerable
amount of trash that washes up on the beaches. Hopefully with the new owners at
the Cape Inn, they will take some pride in the beach across the street from
their establishment and clean it up.

Maybe the town could put together a beach commission to help keep the beaches
clean? I for one would join it.

Mags
11:45 am edt 

Provincetown Bay Beach

The Provincetown Bay Beach looks like an old, run down, beach that
you'd find in a very, very poor area of the south. It is truly amazing to me
that with all of the tax revenues that are brought in by the tourist sector
something is not done to promulgate more tourists coming to Ptown. The beaches
are preventing us from bring in more tourists. The smell alone at the bay
beaches is nauseating. Clean it up...

C. R. Downey
11:43 am edt 

Scale Bylaw Ad Hoc Committee Meeting , Wednesday

If you have any issues with our Scale Bylaw, Wednesday is the day to
give your two cents worth to the Ad-hoc committee. The meeting is at 6 in the
Grace Govia building. And they really do want to here from you, because your
help is needed. These meetings are not the typical Board meeting. They are very
informal with comments and suggestions being accepted at any time.
11:41 am edt 

Re: Title V and Septic Systems

If there is a problem with a septic system it is reported to the town 
and  the BOH when it is addressed. I am not going to shell out $500 for someone
to tell me what I know is working is doing just that. What kind of idiots do the
BOS and the BOH think we all are! This is another tax that I do not need...  The
$5,200 I pay now is more than I should already.
11:39 am edt 

Provincetown Harbor Beaches

The US Geological Survey and Coastal Zone Management classify our bay side
beaches as "urbanized". That is so many human interventions it is no longer a
purely natural ecosystem and requires continued human intervention to maintain
same.

Fine let the seaweed rot from the Cape Inn and east, where the shoreline is
indeed classified as accretion (building up sand) beaches. 

The rest of P-town beaches have been so affected by dredging, rip rap, bulk
heads, piers, revetments, outfall, and a whole lot of other unnatural acts, that
it doesn't really matter.      

Clean the Beaches
11:38 am edt 

Re: Police Chief Jeff Jaran

How much does he make?

Why does he have so much time off?

And is it true the town (as in we, the taxpayers) pay for his town car and gas
to go WHEREVER her wants WHENEVER he wants?

If that's true, than we need seriously about a new police station.

Inquiring minds have a right to know....

11:34 am edt 

Re: cleaning the Beaches

So cleaning the beach 30 years ago because it was a mess doesn't work
today even though it's more of a mess.  And why is that?  No money to be
pocketed from it, that's why, and that's the only reason.  Nothing to do with
dunes or birds or trash. Just cold hard cash. 
11:33 am edt 

Who Wrote This?
 
"Re: Title V and Septic Systems

If your title 5 or septic system is working properly, you have nothing
to worry about."

*******************************************
Define "properly"? 

You must either be rich, on the sewer, or on a Town Board. Otherwise, you'd
understand and admit  that this Town changes the rules on septic systems every
couple of years, depending on their need for more money for the Sewer Enterprise
Fund. And we all know it. The definition of FAILURE and "working properly" has 
changed every few years as well. There are a number of septic systems that were
allowed to OPT OUT of hooking to the sewer because they were compliant with the
local regulations. So what does the town do? Change the rules and force new
inspections.

This is not good for the folks in town that are barely scraping by financially.
Years ago, people could borrow against the value of their house and build a new
septic system and with rising values of property, it was a reasonable
investment. Those days are gone. Money is tight.
Why put the screws to more people financially when we are in the middle of the
GREAT RECESSION  ???

Its not the decent thing to do at all.

Slippery Clam (hanging on by a thread)
11:30 am edt 

Good News and Bad News

Good news:  Only had to drive around 1 taxi parked on Alden on my way to therapy
@ Seashore Point

Bad news:  Also had to drive around a parked car and a parked school bus.

Next week an Amish Cart?
11:20 am edt 

Clean Beaches

We should have known that the person making all the fuss about the
seaweed owns a restaurant on the beach. I guess our taxes will be going up so
the town can clean up the seaweed. Funny that its OK to raise taxes when its
something to benefit this person. Yet she is always after the town to cut taxes.

11:18 am edt 

Monday, July 26, 2010

Re: Title V and Septic Systems

If your title 5 or septic system is working properly, you have nothing
to worry about.
1:41 pm edt 

Re: Beach Seaweed

What was widely accepted 30 years ago as the norm does not make it
right for today! Only fools live in the past. Leave the seaweed alone.
1:39 pm edt 

Dune Growth

The dunes that are building up in the far eastend are more like TWO
FEET HIGH and getting higher every year! NOT two inches as a grumpy blogger has
stated.
1:37 pm edt 

Good News: Edwige Has Air Conditioning--Bring Your Sweater and Delight in Great Food

I just happened to go up those stairs at the Edwige. What a surprise! Air
Conditioning and it's so cool and comfortable.

Glad when local restaurants bring in air conditioning and make their restaurants
so customer friendly.

The days when our sea breezes could cool us seem far behind us. Now cool breezes
come from installed systems. But life changes here.

Here's to air conditioning and cool breezes!
1:36 pm edt 

Re: Title V and Septic Systems

That is absurd that the town is going to force the inspection of all
septic and title v systems.  Another brilliant idea coming from the town.  There
is a problem with the beaches, so let's just inspect all systems even those far
away from the beach.  Good grief!
1:32 pm edt 

Perfect Day.........However

A perfect 10 here in Ptown today, bright,sunny skies, an ocean breeze.
Now if I only had a clean, bay beach to sit on!!!

Beau
1:30 pm edt 

Re: Title V and Septic systems

Yes, ALL Titles Fives and ALL Septic Systems in Town Will Be Forced to
Be Inspected in Town

This is what the Board of Health's recommendation was at the last meeting.
Instead of only forcing the Red Dot Delays to be inspected, they moved to write
new rules that force ALL Title Fives and ALL septic systems in this
town--private homeowners and businesses--to be inspected.

So hold onto your hats--or your systems--here we go again.
11:18 am edt 

Re: Beach Clean Up

Seaweed and garbage are two different things, but when garbage is
festering in the internals of the seaweed, they become one with themselves.  Saw
a seagull having a tampon for lunch.  Sweet. 

9:26 am edt 

Re: Beach Clean Up

"While grooming is actively discouraged in Massachusetts, grooming
does routinely occur in certain areas of the state...
The accumulation of wrack, predominantly comprised of Codium fragile, is
frequently removed from Cape Cod beaches throughout the summer and fall."

wrack/rak/Noun: Any of a number of coarse brown seaweeds of the genera Fucus,
Ascophyllum, and Pelvetia, class Phaeophyceae, that grow on the shoreline and
frequently form a distinct band in relation to high- and low-water marks. Many
have air bladders for buoyancy.

Wake up Ptown and get onboard. Never have seen a DPW worker getting rid of our
wrack.  Send out a few to groom, clean, call it what you want, but loose the
wrack that houses trash and filth.  Our beaches, the birds and the 2 inch dunes
building for the last 50 years will survive.  Pick up what's on top.  They used
to clean the beaches 30 years ago and people could actually use them.  Why was
it okay then when trash was less and not okay now? 
9:24 am edt 

Beach Clean Up

Three Director's of Tourism ago, I believe Bill was his name,
coordinated the beach clean up with the use of convicts from the Barnstable
County Corrections department.
9:21 am edt 

Beach Seaweed

All you have to do is to look at the picture of the beach in front of
pepis, to see how the seaweed is helping to build up that beach! Notice the
seagrass that is taking hold landward of the piles of seaweed. This is a good
thing. Dunes are growing on town beaches, go take a walk on the far eastend
beaches. You will see dunes and wide healthy beaches that have grown within the
past 30 years. It proves that if you let nature do her thing, she'll return the
sand and dunes to the way they were before humans stated messing then up by
taking away the dune building seagrasses and seaweed.
6:55 am edt 

Red Dot Septic Systems

Umm, just point it out; your evidence for boats as cause of beach
closings is a bit suspect. In fall there are far fewer tourists as well as
boats. This means less waste going into harbor front red dot delay commercial
septic systems. Based on your logic this could be equally as likely to show
title v systems might be at fault for summer beach closings.

Just sayin......
6:53 am edt 

Let the Beaches Be Beaches

We don't need piles high of rotted seaweed waiting for fifty years to become a
two inch "dune." We want beaches and we want them clean. We don't want dead
fish, dead birds, flies, and garbage nestled into rotting seaweed. Get rid of it
and get rid of this unhealthy mess now.

I won't wait until the so-named Conservation Commission does anything. They
placate more than do real work. Get the DPW on the beaches and pick up the
garbage and piles of rotting, smelly seaweed.

6:52 am edt 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Re: Clean the Beach vs. Seaweed Huggers

I'm on the side of the clean the beach. I do understand the natural processes of
the coast and dune migration. But Provincetown Harbor has had man-made
interventions for at least 300 years.

We routinely dredge the main channel to the Town Pier. I know it hasn't been
done in about 20 years but it must be time? The "spoils" and dredged have
usually been used to "nourish" the beaches. This means they push sand/water mix
in a big pipe/boom floating on the surface of the tidal water. Then deposit the
spoils on the shore where needed. Next, earth moving equipment moves in to
contour the beach.

Clean the beach! 
10:24 pm edt 

View From Pepe's Wharf Resturant
pepesview.jpg
10:00 pm edt 

Re: Beach Seaweed

Sorry, piles of rotting seaweed on the beach near the wharf are NOT
creating dunes but are a health menace.  All along the town beaches of Comm'l
St. there are no dunes, only piles of rotting seaweed.  Stop with the dune drama
and get some glasses, this isn't the National Seashore, it's beaches in town
that desperately need cleaning and help.  I'd rather have a clean beach without
a dune any day to a dune based on rotten, stinking, fly infested seaweed.  Tax
new multi unit construction if you have to, tax kids on bikes, tax dogs being
dragged by bikes, doesn't matter who pays, we all pay everyday when we allow our
beaches to be no better than a dump.  What good is a dune if it only supports
flies and rotting trash?

9:48 pm edt 

Re: Re: A Few Pointers

Just about everything you wrote in the post of 12:30 PM today is wrong.  Folks,
never rely on info posted on this blog, nor any other without a little bit of
research.
9:46 pm edt 

Clean Beaches

Seaweed and Garbage are two different things!
9:44 pm edt 

Re: How About the Taxi Cab Drivers?

While we're all carping about bikes, tykes and pedestrians who text while
walking, my pet peeve is the cab drivers.

They speed down Bradford Street, as if there was somewhere to go in a hurry.
Honk the horn on Cook St., or Franklin like they are THE priority. I think we
should adopt a zero-tolerance rule for cab drivers. And re-train the cab company

owners.


Before or while we  retrain the owners lets inspect the cabs--shouldnt they all
at least have mirrors...the graffiti covered one that picked me up at the
airport didn't--driver said--"oh yeah we need to get around to that"
9:43 pm edt 

Excuse Me, It Was Just a Thought

Another sweltering day in Provincetown and you can't sit on the beach
without pushing aside the garbage built over the years, the ROTTING seaweed
built over the years and swatting flies.  Didn't see one bird other than a dead
one and he/she wasn't feeding birds, only flies. Nice.  Maybe if dollar bills
were hidden in the piles, the queen's court in town hall would be more apt to do
something about the town resource they profess to love.  Doubt it. Pathetic. 
Maybe one of the royal developers could make a substantial contribution to the
town that supports them for beach cleaning.  Oh, yah, that would mean less in
their pockets.  Forget that.     
9:14 pm edt 

Pick It Up

Again, let me say this yet one more time! The piles of seaweed that
you can't stand, have a reason to be washed up in piles on the beach to rot. By
removing these piles of seaweed you will be leaving our beaches unable to build
into the dunes we are famous for. If the few tourists who think this is
disgusting, let them go away! I'd rather have ECO tourists who understand the
meaning of beach and dune building. As far as the garbage on the beach, instead
of blogin, get out there yourself and pick it up if you don't like it!
9:12 pm edt 

Provincetown Taxis'

I agree with one blogger's comments about cab drivers here in town.
I've been saying it for years, they are a menace.

They drive too fast and aggressively. I've been cut off by cabbies while
driving, riding my bike and as a pedestrian. There is one company in particular
(which I will not name) who's drivers seem particularly fast and dangerous. And
it's a well known secret in town that another local company's drivers routinely
sell more than rides.

Something should be done.
9:10 pm edt 

Buffer Zone Work

None of the owners have any type of con com permit of any sort.
9:08 pm edt 

Re: Beaches and Ownership
 
A couple of points:

1) having researched this I can definitively say that in most cases the
jurisdiction on the town is not the same as the chapter 91 line. The town border
is usually a bit offshore from the beach. Therefore con com does have
jurisdiction. You can search out the State gis online system and build your own
map of where the town border is.

2) in all of ma EXCEPT the west end of ptown the beachfront owner does own to
the mean low tide line. However due a quirk in the way the land grant was done
the province lands area which Is the west end of town the waterfront owners own
only to the mean high tide line. That is why there are so many chapter 91 access
points in the west part of town. Unfortunately these are not enforced and
several owners use various device to hide their existence in direct and serious
violation of their chapt 91 licenses. The most egregious violations occur on the
property of politically connected locals so there is no enforcement because they
can retaliate at boh the state and local levels and complaints to coastal zone
management are routinely ignored.

3) I don't get why some compromise can't be reached on beach cleaning. Why not
have very tightly drawn areas where cleanup happens. This would be around public
access points/beaches. Just tossing it out there.

 
9:03 pm edt 

Title V Inspections

The main reason I am convinced that there are so many beach closings
is from boats, local and visiting  discharging their waste in the harbor or the
owners go to the point and dump there.

I have been on board a coulple of local boats and witnessed this grave
violation.

I am going to try to find out the useage of the pump out station at the courtesy
float each of the last three years. I have never seen it used, ever.

This wiitch hunt on inspecting all title Vs is about closing the
$100,000 gap in betterment shortfall! the problem is with discharge from boats.
that s why there are no beach closings in the fall as the boats aren t in the
harbor.
8:59 pm edt 

Stepping Up to the Plate

It's a story that's typical across the country.  Cut my taxes, less government spending. 
Do the beaches get cleaned because we as citizens do it or
do we pay to have our government do it?  Americans want the service provided by
the government (town), but they don't want to pay for it.  And then say we
shouldn't have to pay for it, just cut the gov't waste.

Other solutions:
*Start an 'adopt a beach' program.  Businesses and/or individuals adopt a
section of beach and work to keep it clean.  Similar to the adopt a highway
program.  A little sign at the beach would acknowledge the business or
individual who keeps that section clean.
*Have Barnstable County inmates come in and clean the beaches.  This was done a
couple of years ago, but then stopped, don't know why.

Signed,

A business owner who would be happy to adopt a section of beach to keep clean.
Whether I do it or pay my staff to do it, the beach  would be kept clean.
8:56 pm edt 

Title V Inspection?

Where is all this claim that the BOH wants ALL systems in town inspected? Did
this come from the BOH as a motion or addition to their regs or was it just
discussed at the red dot meeting? Is there a link to a story in the papers or
can someone reproduce it here? Very interesting stuff.

Thanks
12:31 pm edt 

Re: A Few Pointers
 
Here's a few more pointers;

The "dune" outside the Lobster pot is grass that was planted to retain the sand
after the septic system was put in, it didn't acrue on it's own.

The "Schofield" line? What the hell is that? Property owners generally own to
the Mean High Water mark, usually of the most current year. Some, near and
around the Johnson Street parking lot, sometimes own to low water and that was
because those prpertys have aquaculture rights from years ago. The 1939 high
water mark is a point at which building cannot occur beyond. Chapter 91 may use
this as a reference point but thats not the limit of ones ownership. Get your
facts straight or get off the board.
12:30 pm edt 

Re: Buffer Zone Landscaping Question

What they're probably doing is covered by a maintenance permit issued by
conscom. You can go in and replace and maintain as needed without increasing
what you're doing.
12:28 pm edt 

Misdirected Priorities

A Healthy Ecosystem is Unhealthy with Garbage, Decaying Boats, Poop,
and Piles HIgh of Seaweed

A balance would be good but our beaches and seashore, with ConCom, Board of
Health, and DPW, is unhealthy. No one is doing anything. It is a beach disaster
and a tourist turn off and no one is acting. A few citizens each spring and fall
clean up some garbage and debris but the maintance is under no one's vision or
care. Spend millions and millions to create a museum piece of town hall but
spend not a dime to have clean, healthy beaches. Priorities are out of kilter in
our town.
12:26 pm edt 

Next It Will be Nathan's!

Aww, what did Coney Island ever do to all you sad people! Can't we
discuss our beaches without denegrating my old home town? Coney Island is
beautiful, and one of our country's first public beaches; leave Coney Island
alone!
12:24 pm edt 

How About the Taxi Cab Drivers?

While we're all carping about bikes, tykes and pedestrians who text while
walking, my pet peeve is the cab drivers.

They speed down Bradford Street, as if there was somewhere to go in a hurry.
Honk the horn on Cook St., or Franklin like they are THE priority. I think we
should adopt a zero-tolerance rule for cab drivers. And re-train the cab company
owners.

-I almost lost my     on Carver St., today.
12:22 pm edt 

It Aint Broke, Don't Fix It!

I love how people love to come into town and want to change what is a
natural process of dune and beach building. Leave the seaweed alone to do what
nature intended it to do. Yes seaweed may smell bad to some for awhile, just as
some people do not like the smell of fish. But get over it, this is cape cod
where seaweed has a huge role in natures plan. People who want to remove the
seaweed because they think its gross are as bad as the condos who pulled out the
beach grass in front of their property a few years ago because they wanted a
"clean open beach". People in states where they do rake away seaweed and don't
let the sea grass grow are now paying big bucks to rebuild the dunes and replant
sea grass that years of raking have left them without a barrier to protect the
sand on their beaches from washing away during storms.
12:19 pm edt 

You Should Have Been There Tonight! Opera Fest was Fabulous!!

Donna Roll brought not only young operatic voices to Provincetown tonight--she
brought incredible talent and professional talent that was most amazing. Such a
sophisticated program and such remarkable voices that filled the UU tonight.

Two hours of fabulous opera in a setting that transformed Provincetown into the
Met. Thanks Jay Crtichley for sponsoring this and thanks Ms. Roll for a
magnificent eveng.

She takes this great performance to WEllfleet tomorrow night at 8 p.m. at the
Wellflett Congregational Church. You will thank me for recommending this most
amazing performance of tomorrow's rising operatic stars.
12:15 pm edt 

The Barge Did Not Kill Everything Under It: Plus, It Was a Great Idea

And even when the Pier Corp did their best to get rid of this wonderful barge on
the other pier, what did the Pier Corp go and do? Buy a barge themselves.

This was not a favorite son deal. You can have a boathouse or a barge and it is
not the town's regulations that count. Look at Sausalito!

Don't confuse seaweed with eel grass and even then the barge was fine.

Calling all captains! Bring more barges to our piers!!
12:13 pm edt 

Clean the Beaches

"The beaches are a town embarassment. Clean the beaches. Get the
garbage off the beaches. Take away heavy loads of seaweed. 
Maybe it's time for the
town manager to just take control and get this done. Am
I asking too much?"
*********************************************************************

And who is going to do this?  Do so many of our town employees have so much free
time they can take it on?  Hire people?  Then the other half of this blog will
be complaining we're spending too much.
12:11 pm edt 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Bikes and Dogs

To all the idiots who ride bikes with their dogs on leashes! Stop!
Your going to end up killing your dog. Today I almost saw a black lab hit by a
car because his stupid owner was dragging him on a leash while he rode his bike.


Dogs were not made to run next to bikes. Especially on hot days when the
pavement is steaming. Some people are just plain stupid and should not be dog
owners.

Rin Tin Tin
8:08 pm edt 

A Few Pointers

1. The "dune" in front of the lobster pot..isn't that the old raised septic
system for the restaurant ? If it wasn't for the sewer, we'd have those "humps"
all up and down the beach your talking about.Yay sewer, even if the town has
mismanaged it.

2. The beach....is actually owned by the commonwealth of massachusetts , not the
town. each property owner owns to the Schofield Line , that is the Chapter 91
line, and the state owns from there out. So, go ahead . call the state about
seaweed and flies and bugs. They couldn't care less. It would be nice if they
did. But they are too busy spending your tax dollars on the fat pensions they
promised the employees and the politicians. After that, there isn't much left.

3. The state, the same one, you wish would care about your seaweed, is the same
state that did not enforce the laws when a favored son illegally allowed a large
barge to sit on the bottom of the harbor and kill everything under it, and is
the same state that took 30 years to enforce the illegal parking on the same
persons pier.

Don't hold your breath waiting for the state. If you really care, go have a
fundraiser, and do it yourself. Its the only way to get anything done these
days.


Slippery Clam
8:06 pm edt 

Don't Toot Cons Com Horn!

Cons Com allowed a dune to be clear cut in the name of big money so
don't toot their horn about them caring about birds and bugs and vegetation. 
The 100' buffer zone is an imaginary line like the equator only it doesn't
represent equality it represents the opposite.  They only enforce the buffer
zone when they feel like it (it's about who you know)  Beach cleaning regs are
obviously primarily concerning beaches other than those near the wharf and off
of Commercial St., i.e. downtown area.  A friend from England commented on how
gross the beach was near the pier and he is right.  NEVER see people using this
beach because it is so disgusting.  The State needs to be brought in, DEP, if
town hall doesn't want to own up to its responsibilities.  This has gone on long
enough and their lame excuse that it's bad for the birds is stupid.  The bay
beaches should be a bright spot and they stink and taint instead.  Get rid of
mounds of rotting seaweed and trash that are NOT c!
reating dunes in front the Lobster Pot. 
5:19 pm edt 

Thanks For the Con Com Regs

What I see are rules that let the ConCom do nothing. And this is what they have
been doing or not doing. The rules of what not to pick up should not preclude
their doing something. And yet I have seen them allow the destruction of dunes
for the building of developments and that didn't seem to bother this commission.
Dunes tumble down and they are not bothered and condone it.

I say: clean the beach and even if it means getting rid of seaweeed, it should
be done. Our beaches are a mess!
4:11 pm edt 

Re: Buffer Zone

What your neighbors are doing is illegal:

"You may not clear, cut, fill, dump (not even leaves, grass clippings or dirt),
alter, grade, landscape or build upon the areas listed above without a permit
from the Wetlands Protection Committee:"
4:08 pm edt 

Conservation Commission Beach Cleaning Regulations

Here are the Conservation Commission's beach cleaning regulations from
the Town's website:

Article 7. Beach Cleaning

The publics need for a sanitary beach must be balanced with the Commissions goal
of maintaining that same beach as a functioning unit of a healthy ecosystem.
Overzealous
beach cleaning, mechanical or otherwise, can affect vegetation and the
revegetation process, thereby contributing to beach erosion. It may also impact
the wrack line, which is an important feeding habitat for many marine organisms,
thereby interrupting nutrient cycles. Beach cleaning operations may also
eliminate directly or indirectly beach nesting birds, such as Piping Plovers
(Charadrius melodus) and Least Terns (Sterna antillarum). The removal of
driftwood, seaweed, and debris in general may eliminate the sources of shelter
and feeding for these bird species and many others. For these reasons, and
pursuant to Chapter 12 of the Provincetown General Bylaw, the Provincetown
Conservation Commission promulgates the following beach regulations:

7.1 No cleaning, raking, or otherwise altering of coastal beaches shall be
conducted without a valid Order of Conditions specifically permitting, and
detailing the methods of, the beach alterations.

7.2 Beach cleaning shall not be permitted unless the applicant demonstrates a
clear showing that it is for the benefit of the health and safety of the general
public.

7.3 All feasible efforts shall be made to preserve the natural organic
components of the beach.

7.4 Cleaning or raking of a beach shall be accomplished without removal or
destruction of vegetation or the impairment of the growth of such vegetation.

7.5 Cleaning or raking of a beach, with out a permit, is prohibited in the drift
line zone, which lies between the mean high tide and the spring high tide line.
Drift line zones collect material during high spring tides and/or storms. They
may contain large quantities of marine algae, eelgrass, and marsh detritus all
of which contribute to wildlife habitat. Moreover, bacteria and fungi quickly
break down this organic matter, releasing nutrients into the sand and eventually
back to the sea.

7.6 These regulations shall not be construed to preclude hand removal of
unnatural debris or recreational and minimally invasive beachcombing or
reasonable traditional
uses, any of which may be allowed without permitting at the Commissions
discretion. The Commission strongly encourages the hand removal of unnatural
debris.

7.7 These regulations notwithstanding, the Conservation Commission will consider
any and all proposals for activity on a site specific basis, disposing of each
according to
its merit and the degree to which wetland interests have been protected and
preserved at the locus.
1:15 pm edt 

Bugs

It is true. Mosquitos need standing water. However, when
the seaweed sits on the beach for days, little nasty " no
see em's" do fester. Not only do they fester, but a stinky odor
festers as well .I guess I'll have to complain to the Board of
Health. That should be fun. Good luck to the new chair,
Mark Phillips. He is a man in control?

Mermaid
12:11 pm edt 

Dune Building

When seaweed piles up, it is the beginning of nature building a dune.
Leave the seaweed where it belongs, on the beach! We lose more and more beaches
every year because of humans clearing natures dune building.
12:06 pm edt 

Re: Taking Personal Responsibility

At every town landing to our beaches are trash cans, if you see
garbage on the beach, pick it up and put the trash in the can. The town should
not have to spend my tax dollars on cleaning up what the property owners of
those beaches should be doing themselves.
11:51 am edt 

DPW Beach Cleaning

If you want your taxes to go up even more! We could get the DPW to
clean the beaches in addition to all of the other jobs we want them to do.
11:50 am edt 

Mosquitoes and Seaweed


Mosquitoes breed in standing pools of fresh water not in dead salt water seaweed.

11:48 am edt 

Manditory Residency

They are trying to sneak this through before anyone catches wind of it. Those in
the know, do know all about this. It is coming in the future so be advised.
11:45 am edt 

Clean Beaches by Hand...Leave the Seaweed

When you use beach cleaning machines, they stop the natural process of
beach nourishment. Beach grass cannot take root and future dunes are leveled. If
you want clean beaches clear of trash, go out and do it by hand but leave the
seaweed. This is not Coney Island with flat & grass less beaches.
11:43 am edt 

Buffer Zone Landscaping Question

My understanding is that there is a 100 foot buffer zone from the high tide line
inward that is overseen by Conservation Commission. Does this mean that
waterfront owners have to meet the state of local rules for landscaping/vegetation
in this zone? Waterfront owners in my area are constantly completely revamping
their waterfront vegetation, building new fences, etc. and I don't see any
indication they've cleared this with the town. Should they be doing so
technically and why is there no enforcement if so?

- curious
11:41 am edt 

Poop is Natural Too! Seaweed Should be Removed When it is too Extreme

Everything that is natural does not belong sitting on the beaches. Trash for
certain should be removed. But seaweed can pile up and be unpleasant. It also
should be removed when this happens.

But now, none of this is happening and our beaches look and are terrible. Manage
the beaches if you can't manage any other part of town government. Do something.
This has been going on for years and it's time to stop.

Clean up Provincetown. Make our beaches attractive. Welcome tourists and
residents. We are a seacoast town!
11:40 am edt 

Tell Me it Aint So!

Is This True? Does the Board of Health Intend to Inspect All Title 5s
and All Septice Systems in Town?

This sounds absurd. Is someone reporting that this is true? That every resident
and every business not on the sewer will have to be inspected? This sounds like
a mad plan.

Tell me this isn't so. Tell me the Board of Health is more rational then this.
This just sounds too insane.
11:38 am edt 

Mandatory Septic System Inspections

Is this true?  did the board of Health have a public hearing on this?  Anyone
know how much this will cost all of us?

We need some more information on this. Add up how many systems are in town, and
add up the total amnt of money the town wants to take out of our pockets and
place into the hands of town hall and the septic inspectors.

What a crazy thing to do in the middle of an economic depression.  Whats the
reasoning?   Is there some kind of public health threat?  I don't think so. Our
drinking water comes from Truro. Almost all of the systems on the beach are on
the sewer already.  So , explain why we plan to bankrupt all the taxpayers.

So Michelle & company  can force more of us onto the financially mismanaged
sewer?

Its time for a revolution.

Slippery Clam
11:37 am edt 

Seaweed is Natural, But Trash is Not

Clean up the beaches. There is
trash, dead birds, fish and other animals rotting. Cigarette butts, tampons,
diapers, cups, wrappers, straws, foil, plastic, paper plates, napkins, empty sun
screen bottles, bottles, cans, broken umbrellas, chairs, towels, underwear,
shirts, oars,wood, old tires, a TV set, etc... these are just a few of my
favorite things that I have come across on the bay beaches.

It took the town over two years to take the two old boats off of the east end
beach across from the Cape Inn. They just sat there and sat there. What is wrong
with this town? Our beaches are what attract people to town. The first thing
many people see when they get off the ferry or tie up  their boat as they come
into town. Let's get a crew of DPW workers out on the beach at low tide each day
and clean up the trash. Is this really too much to ask?

Every day when I walk the beach in the east end I bring a trash bag and pick up
as much as I can and yes, I do fill a trash bag each day. There are just some
things that are too big or too dangerous for me to pick up. For example, a board
with nails in it, lots of broken glass. How about putting some trash barrels
down near the water. I know there is one at the top of the stairs across from
Bay Colony. I believe that is emptied each day by the condo association.

Beau
11:35 am edt 

Board of Health

I did not always agree with Duane
Gregory, but she knew how to chair
the meetings and strongly voiced her
opinions. The new chair , Mark Phillips,
conducted the last meeting in a monotone
and with a grand attitude. He is like a deer
facing the head lights.

Thank you Duane for your  years of
service. You will missed.

Red Dottie
11:34 am edt 

Mosquitos Breeding in Rotting Seaweed

I can't wait for the state or some governmental agency to anounce that
EEE is being spread by mosquitos breeding in rotting seaweed. Our town beaches
stink. What do we need to do to get them clean? I'm sure Coney Island cleans
theirs.
11:32 am edt 

Taking Personal Responsibility

People who have beach front properties should clean the beach area in
front of their homes, the town should not have to do this! Have you no shame?
Clean up your yard, and be thankful that you have a beach to protect your
building from storms.
11:30 am edt 

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Seaweed is Natural......Trash is Not!

Deal With the Trash

Seaweed on the beaches helps build up the beaches and build new
coastal dunes. By taking away the seaweed your helping erode the beaches of the
sand we need to keep our beaches healthy. If you want fake looking beaches
without seaweed, go to Coney Island.
10:45 pm edt 

Just Clean the Beaches!

Stop Pointing Fingers from One Board to Another

Each Board points the finger of responsibility to another board and what
happens? NOTHING. The beachse are a town embarassment. Clean the beaches. Get
the garbage off the beaches. Take away heavy loads of seaweed.

Maybe it's time for the town manager to just take control and get this done. Am
I asking too much?

What a terrible blighted sight that should be our outstanding and defining view.

8:17 pm edt 

What Happened?

So the web maste is now putting up posts that he wants only?  What
happened to the open post about CP?
7:40 pm edt 

Manditory Residency
 
I want to know who has heard that the town is going to make it manditory for
town employees
to live in town?
Like our building commisioner would ever move here from Truro?  UNLIKELY
7:39 pm edt 

I Applaud Dwayne Gregory For Resigning as Chair of the Board of Health

I haven't spoken to her but I feel she could not tolerate the Board of Health
being used as pawns by the BOS to do their dirty work. Instead of responding to
real issues and true health violations, they are being used as the "authority"
to force all homeowners in Provincetown to hook up to the sewer system.

This board is Couture's poodle or new frogs in her lily pond. What a shame to
allow onself and the position one holds to be so tainted.
7:38 pm edt 

Red Dot Has Now Stained the Whole Town

The Board of Health Wants to Make Mandatory thr Inspectong of ALL
Title Vs and ALL Septic Systems in Town

Instead of only targeting the REd Dot Delays--now they will force ALL homeowners
with Title Fives and/or Septic Systems and ALL businesses to be inspected. The
cost will be borned by the homeowner and/or business owner. A new mandatory
inspection instigated by this board. They will create new regulations and then
force ALL homowners and businesses with these systems to have them inspected.

Instead of waiting until the systems fail and instead of seeing what is in our
waters--it's been two years since they tested--they are going forward to force
this adminsitrative nightmare.

Brought to you by the same person who ise chairing the Board of Selectmen. This
is the Michelllle Couture solution to what she sees and defines as a problem.

7:36 pm edt 

Dirty Beach

I'd like to go to the beach but its so nasty cause Conservation won't
clean it that I need a hazmat suit to go there. 
7:34 pm edt 

Solution to Problem

I know how to deal with the bike issue! All bike accidents are either
Candace Nagle's fault, or maybe they're Kerry Adams fault! There, problem
resolved, blame has been properly placed. People puleeeeeez!

Moving on?
4:46 pm edt 

Re: Red Dot Delay


What happened at the meeting?

4:45 pm edt 

Housing Authorities Lower Rents

My tenant just told me that if he leaves, the housing authority that pays *A
Portion* of his apartment has now passed a rule lowering the rents on any
apartments with which they have a contract.

If his apartment was renting for $800--then now I can only rent it for a lower
amouth--or else I have to sever my contract with them and find an open market
renter.

So, that means that I can rent out one of my apartments as a summer only rent
and then get a cheap winter rent. Stop condemning the landlords and look now to
the housing authority.

My taxes don't go down, my water bill is through the roof and my house insurance
is a small fortune. You housing renters are the losers now.
4:44 pm edt 

Bikes and Kids

Perhaps if youngsters riding against traffic was proposed to the State
in 2010 it would be denied.  The stamp of approval by a government agency years
ago and today does not always indicate intelligence (that's proven many times on
home soil).  When I see a small child coming towards me wobbling on a bike, I
verbalize in my head a wish and a swear.  Understand those opposed, but really,
it doesn't "hurt" the kids as much as an accident would. 
4:42 pm edt 

Re: Blowhard Statistics
 
"Number of bike accidents caused by cars on commercial st in past few years
involving children: ZERO."
************************************************************ 

Blow that statistic buddy and get a life really, it's nice out go to the beach,
preferably by car so you don't injure yourself.
4:40 pm edt 

Bikes and Kids

Cant say I'v ever noticed a child riding a bike on Commercial St. Its
the selfish, foolish, road hogging, pedestrian weaving, why cant they just stay
on the sidewalk where they belong, get out of my way I'm in a hurry, I don't
have to pay attention to the rules of the road unless they are in my favor, o my
what a surprise to see an automobile coming straight at me and not pulling over
ADULTS that I see.

A Rat In The Basement
4:38 pm edt 

Manditory Residency

I have also heard that the town is going to make it manditory for town employees
to live in town. Many of the town officials
are supporting this. It will be interesting to see what happens.
4:36 pm edt 

Those Were the Good Old Days

Didn't realize they sent life altering diagnosis in the mail or that
if you want to be discreet you should go to a restaurant where you and your wife
are known.  If your blog is an indication of your book, keep your day job.

When will the wharf beach be cleaned?
When will we be able to wash our cars and water our gardens?
When will sewer issues be resolved?
When will anything relevant be discussed again on the blog?  I miss Bangs St.
and the Green line.  Those were the good old days.   
4:35 pm edt 

Silence is Not Golden

I say spill the beans and let the chips fall
where they may.  Every man or woman for himself seems to be the local mantra.  
You can empty your memory cache right here, I won't tell a soul.  Promise
4:33 pm edt 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

For All You Blow Hards Citing Statistics

Here's a suggestion from a
nationally accredited organization. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are many things
that parents can do to keep their children safe on bicycles:

1) Choose your child's routes carefully. If your child is ten years of age or
younger, have your child only bicycle on bike paths or on sidewalks. Do not
permit you child to bicycle on the road or the streets, as this can be
dangerous. Teens can choose to bicycle in streets, as long as the have learned
the rules of the road and bicycle with traffic rather than against it. Do not
allow your children to bicycle at night, when visibility is poor and bicycle
accidents are more likely.

Ptown always has to be different, even endorsing this behavior when the nearest
real medical facility is at least an hour away.  No hot air, just fact. 
12:06 pm edt 

Indiscretions

Luckily, I'm a person who keeps a confidence. For example, in the first years of
AIDS an
d the scare here, I went to retrieve my mail from my post box and opened
it--but it was someone else mail wrongfully put into my PO Box who was
diagnosed with AIDS. I returned it to the desk and never mentioned it to
anyone.

Then, while working at a restaurant, a regular comes in without his wife but
another woman. I didn't say a word. At the end of the night, I was given a note
by the hostess-it was the man asking me not to say anything.

Two episodes--twice keeping quiet. Plus there are things that I've seen that
would rock the boat of a number of homes--but my lips are sealed. If I ever
leave here, what a book I could write!
12:03 pm edt 

Red Dot Delay Must Connect

All Red Dot delays must connect. It is the civic-minded thing to do. We are
cleaning up our environment in which we live. Do it now for yourselves and for
the town.
12:00 pm edt 

God Forbid Anyone is "Out of Line" Here!

Personal attacks and old hen bickering about Kerry Adams and Candace Nagle are more important.  The blogger did suggest it be taken to the bike rental places, guest houses, motels, etc. 
It seems reasonable to consider a simple piece of paper posted reminding people
of the hazards of small children riding against vehicle traffic with a few basic
rules like kids between adults or in back, not first in line.  Don't need the
Pope's blessing for that.  Isn't the bike trail for families with bikes.  Direct
them out there.  Let's petition the Gov. to make Comm'l St. a 2-way with no
parking.  That ought to spice it up.  Seems to have hit a nerve based on the
rabid responses.    
9:25 am edt 

Red Dot Delays Should Hook up

Everyone should be connected to the waste water treatment plant. It will clean
our waster rather than have it seep into the ground. EVERY tax payer should be
paying for the waste water treatment plant.
8:55 am edt 

Thanks For Posting About the Bruce Lindsey Memorial

It was a great celebration of life. He was a kind man, a gentle soul and I'm
glad the Crown & Anchor had the memorial for him. Good to see his friends and
suporters there. Thanks Rick and Rick. Kudos for your response to friendship!
8:54 am edt 

DPW:

Can someone tell me how one gets there trash and household items picked up on an
off day?  It is a fact that there is a neighborhood in Provincetown who has pick
up of RUBBISH ONLY on Tuesdays but, yet on Wednesdays a certain resident in that
neighborhood gets EVERYTHING picked up.

Why do we all not get the same priviledges..  I will not name the town
employees..  They know who they are!

A concerned citizen and taxpayer 
8:53 am edt 

Regarding Kids and Bikes...

I understand your concerns but I'm sorry,
you are so out of line. Police taking names? Last time I looked this was still
America and Kids, just like Adults, have rights. We have few enough children as
it is around here, stop picking on the ones that visit.
Except maybe, instead of worrying about the idiot tourist who rents a bike at
Arnold's and then wobbles east...
you should take it to the bike rental shops who make the $$$ that keep the bikes
rolling.
Kids are not responsiable for the ignorance of adults. This town is Not either
disney world or a gated community with private security force as some would like
to believe. In my perfect world the summer cops would direct traffic and not
"take names".
Oh yea, I'm old enough to remember when the town tried to MAKE bikes go west
with the traffic...back in the 70's...it didn't last long, and we had fun
protesting but the resulting daily accidents on the hills of Bradford St. put a
end to that!
8:51 am edt 

Re: Kids on Bikes

 "I say get rid of little kids on bikes going the wrong
way on Comm'l St."
**********************************************************

You understand this would require another change to state law, passed by the
legislature and signed by the governor?  If you are serious, and not just
spouting to see your writing on this blog, you better get working on it, as it
won't be easy starting with a majority of Town Meeting voters. 

You are free to try.  But realize that if kids going east on Commercial becomes
illegal, then they (and associated adults) would go on Bradford, where traffic
goes much faster, with vehicles turning from and into more side streets on both
sides, and thus is more likely to result in serious injury.  This was one key
reason two way biking on Commercial was approved originally.

So if you are serious, get working on a petition and expect opposition. If not,
stop with the hot air.
8:49 am edt 

Town Residency Requirement

Rumor has it that the town is going to consider it manditory for town workers to
live in Ptown after the current contract ends. Too many people,especially at the
DPW,take advantage of town benefits,but no longer do their job with any care or
pride because they don't live here anymore. It's about time we
have workers who live here and actually care about their town.
8:47 am edt 

Convicts on the Highway

I noticed that the prisoners were picking up trash on the highway and I was
wondering why they were not in chains.
Then I realized it was the DPW
8:46 am edt 

Re: Flags Before Swans......or is it Vis a Versa?

Again, if you attended the relevant meetings you would see that the Ad Hoc
Committee is working its way through various issues. It tackled flags and
building definitions first because it needs more time to discuss scale which is
under discussion now.
8:44 am edt 

Re: Bikes

If an event has not occured in 10 years given the millions of bike/car passings
on Commercial St it isn't an opinion it's strong statistical evidence that the
event is so unlikely it isn't worth worrying about. Deterring thousands of hours
of enjoyment for a demonstrated low probability event isn't a tradeoff the
community chooses to make.

Closed beaches, TitleV septic output flowing into swimming areas, those are
events that occur almost weekly. Perhaps energy would be better spent focusing
on solving real, rather than imaginary problems.
8:41 am edt 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Calling All Red Dots!!

Red Dots should attend the meeting the Board of Health meeting Thursday at 5p.m.
at the Grace Goveia Building.

Red Dots and those who support all the Red Dot Delays should attend. Inspecting
all Title Vs is more than questionable.

See you there===and don't delay! It's Red Dot Delay Day!!
3:54 pm edt 

To: Re: Bikes

Wow are you on the defensive.  If you think Ptown is a "nanny" state, time for a
new eye exam.  Nobody's trying to change your beloved "anything goes" town, just
interjecting some common sense into the freeforall on Comm'l St. You can still
walk down the street in your thong painted like a dragon, or frog, or whatever. 
Remember how long the roller skating rental shop lasted in the late 70's?  Yeah,
that's right, until the first serious accident.  Gee and nobody could see that
coming, until it was too late.  If no kid has been crushed yet, that's just dumb
luck.  Dumb being the key word.  Completely unnecessary to have little kids on
bikes going against cars, people, dogs, other bikes, etc.  In the name of
cramping a child's style, I say get rid of little kids on bikes going the wrong
way on Comm'l St.  Believe me, they'll make it through the rights infringement
somehow and you won't feel a thing.   
12:31 pm edt 

You Make a Strange Assumption

That those of who blog do not attend and participate in town meetings and board
meetings. How wrong you are!
11:28 am edt 

Re: "Bikes"

Let's look at the statistical evidence. Number of children "crushed" under a car
in past few years: zero. Hours enjoyed on bikes by children in the past few
years: tens of thousands. Stop trying to make this town more of a nanny state
than it already is to avoid a theoretical and miniscule threat while supressing
an activity that brings thousands of hours of cummulative fun. If you are
worried about your kids on bikes on Commercial tell them to take Bradford or
walk. Stop trying to interfere in a family's decision on risk for their own
kids.

By your logic we ought to be outfitting all kids in helmets and footbal pads in
case they slip and fall on our delapidated sidewalks and making it a crime to
fail to do so.

PS: Happy belated birthday to our now 99.6806% reliable sewer system and nice to
see it got some birthday presents that its parents were too cheap to pay for in
the past so that now if it burps the cause can be isolated immediately.
9:52 am edt 

Re: Zoning Kvetching

If you bothered to attend the joint worksession between the Planning Board and
the AdHoc Zoning Committee this week you would have seen Planning adopt revised
language that would allow open flags all year long and move that from Zoning
Bylaw to General Bylaw. The flags however cannot be an impediment to traffic,
pedestrians, etc. This is mostly targeted for off Commercial St businesses
because as one official said "if you need an open flag on Commercial St in the
summer to bring in customers you need to examine your business model." This is
of course something that would get voted on at Town Meeting.

Folks this stuff gets done at these meetings not on a blog. Attend and comment.

- not a town employee, etc.
9:50 am edt 

Red Dots

Board of Health meeting Thursday@ 5pm@ Grace Gouveia
on Alden St.. Be there!  We must fight for our rights.

Red Dottie
9:47 am edt 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Flags Before Swans......or is it Vis a Versa?

Zoning Seems to GEt Stuck with the Little Things and Abandons the Real
Big Issues Like Scale

They'll watch for flags and prohibit open signs yet they'll allow out of scale
buildings to go up and find they fit into the historic nature of the
neighborhood. Really? How can scale restrict some candidates but others are
allowed to build much beyond the neighborhood scale and Zoning finds no problem.
Perhaps it's not the building but who is requesting to build over scale. Perhaps
that explains more large scale developments here in town.

But those flags--they'll watch and issue violations as the real dangers to our
historic town go unchallenged.
9:40 pm edt 

Town Laws

Any business should be able to fly a welcome or open flag if they want
and are truly open.  God bless em.  Other cape towns allow it, what's the big
deal.  On season or off, if a business is open and welcoming, show your colors. 
Aren't there more important items to concentrate on like beach cleaning? and
over developing... and water usage... and sewer... and favoritism by town
boards... and the list goes on and on
9:36 pm edt 

Town Laws

I don't see what the big deal is about flying a banner that says,"Open
or Welcome." Why are we wasting time on such trivial matters?

PJ
9:34 pm edt 

Support of Businesses is so Low!

It's hard if not impossible for businesses to do well here. The town undermines
them and fails to create a business environment that is friendly and helps
businesses be profitable. Town boardsfail in this respect. it's easy to say
we're business friendly but much harder to act as if we believe it and mean it.
Sadly, we don't.
9:32 pm edt 

Bar Hours
 
I understand that some of the bars didn't even want to stay open late.  They
only applied because others were.  It was the competitiveness of business.
9:30 pm edt 

9:17 pm edt 

Zoning Bylaws

The Chamber of Commerce and others on behalf of many business owners
have asked the ADHOC committee to rewrite the Zoning Bylaw concerning the flying
of Open and Welcome flags. The ADHOC committee would then bring it to the
Planning Board for approval and then to Town Meeting for a vote. Businesses are
now restricted to flying them during the off season only. If a new Bylaw is
passed businesses could fly them all year. What do you guys think?


Public meeting attendee
9:15 pm edt 

Re: Bikers

Sorry but no one on a beach after 1:00 a.m. almost got crushed under
my rear tire without even being seen going down.  How is it "targeting" kids
once again if it is looking out for their best interests which their parents
obviously aren't doing.  Stop making a mountain out of a molehole, drama queen
(or king).  Agreed, adults are just as bad but at least they have half a chance
if they get hit by a car.  Put a big public notice in the paper, Ptown, from now
on, is actively "discouraging" children under 15 from riding on bicycles against
traffic on Commercial St. and warnings will be dispensed.  Police can have a pad
and stop kids, note their names which may be enough to deter them.  Tell the
bike rental places, guest houses and motels to instruct their renters this is
not allowed.  Wow, no wonder nothing ever gets done really in this town.  You'd
think it was atom splitting.  Obviously it won't stop altogether but maybe it
can at least cut down the number of touri!
sts dragging their inept kids behind on bikes going against traffic.  Ever been
hit by someone opening their driver's door while riding against them.  I have,
it's not pretty.  Bike looked like a pretzel not to mention "blood in the
street". 
9:11 pm edt 

Re: I'm Not Kerry

We should have every poster identify ourselves as not being Kerry Adams if we
have something negative to say about Candy.  The truth is she is very passionate
about her causes, but is often misdirected.  Candy believes she knows it all and
can not learn from anyone.  Thanks for the dog park, but please keep your
barking down.
9:06 pm edt 

Re: Jeez... Enough Already About Candace Nagle and Kerry Adams

I agree.  It is clear that the same people keep on posting about these same two
people, pro or con and neither topic require as much attention that is being
paid.  This blog is being used to sway public opinion and mollify their impact.
2:46 pm edt 

Stickum up!

Agreed on the Nagle Adams fued. Starting to sound like the Hatfields
and McCoys! Thar's gonna a shootin war a- happenin soon if'n them folks don't
fix thar diffrences!
My money's on Adams! he he!
2:44 pm edt 

Town Beach

I remember the con com resisting efforts to clean the beach over the
past couple of years. Part of there reasoning is that insects live in the debris
on the beach that birds feed on. The town beach should be an asset to the town
and the health of townspeople should be the propriety. There are plenty of
places for birds to feed. Health of people is number one. Number two in
priorities shold be the beauty of the bay. Right now its quite discusting!
2:43 pm edt 

Bicycles

It's some times sad that kids are once again in this town being targeted, this
time about bikes. I don't think we can argue the point of wearing helmets, etc
will hopefully assure the young lads safety on their bikes but my encounters
have been with adults "not kids". I have seen many ignorant adults who for some
reason think they have more right of ways than anything else. We are a town that
is trying to accomodate bikes, skate boards, pedi cabs, strollers and many, many
people to only name a few. It's not going to change and trying to enforce laws
regarding bikes was attempted several years ago with many "ADULTS" protesting
the attempt to enforce it. Before you select one particular problem to enforce,
you need to look at what else is causing issues as well. Like enforcement of the
beaches after 1 am.
2:42 pm edt 

Bar Hours

Why did all the bar owners withdraw their request when the zone heads denied
rick murrey his request?

personely i think its great to stay out later. i can watch more free porn at the
vault and meet more men. why do people  have a problim with this?

rick is a great guy! just ask all of the employees who have worked for him for
many years. they will tell you how much rick wants to make more money to help
the town survive during this economic repression.

rick should become a selectmen. he has guts and money!

 
2:40 pm edt 

Monday, July 19, 2010

Jeez... Enough Already About Candace Nagle and Kerry Adams

They both have contributed in a positive way to the town.  If you don't like what they are
doing then get appointed to whatever board it is you want to contribute your
time and energy to.  Stop using this message board for your personal vendettas
against them as we are sick and tired of reading about it!
7:17 pm edt 

Re: Bike Traffic

How about getting an exemption from the exemption for children under
15.  That's the point.  These kids can't handle it and a serious accident is
waiting to happen.  If adults do it, so be it, but kids are at the direction of
adults, so enforce an age limit and end of story.  Just because something was
granted years ago doesn't mean it can't change.  Get rid of little kids on bikes
going against traffic.  Is this so hard to comprehend.
7:15 pm edt 

Bike Traffic

"Start with tickets....riding against auto traffic on a crowded
street. Stupid."
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Here is a little history: Provincetown requested for Commercial Street, and the
state granted, the only exemption in the Commonwealth to the law that bikes must
go in the same direction as cars.  So you can have your opinion about its
safety, but it's fully legal and there cannot be any tickets given out for doing
it.
5:46 pm edt 

Hey Bike Matters!

You miss the point.  It's not about being too old
to ride a bike or being cool because you do.  It's about little kids getting
hurt.  Half can't ride well and don't wear helmets to boot.  Start with tickets. 
Even $10.00 and summer cops can stop a bike with a kid on it, ask the kid's age
and hand them out.  Less than a minute used.  They stand around anyway.  Name,
address, phone number and parents name.  The pain in the ass factor will obtain
the desired result.  Once parents have to pay up, you'll see less little kids on
Comm'l St. riding against auto traffic, guaranteed.  You don't see kids doing
this in Newport, Bar Harbor or Chatham which have more room on the streets. 
Families riding against auto traffic on a crowded street.  Stupid.  Get on the
bike trail.  Post the rule on the website.  The blog wasn't a personal attack on
your bike riding aptitude, it's a suggestion for some common sense safety before
a kid gets squashed under a car and!
  then it will be too late. 
4:02 pm edt 

Re: Bike Matters

If anyone seriously thinks the town is going to change anything about bikes and
commercial street you are truly out to lunch. It's one of the town's selling
points and who has the money to enforce such ideas anyways. If it's too scary
for you or you are too old to ride a bike go on Bradford or walk or take a
pedicab.

3:46 pm edt 

Why Only Kerry?

I have but one question: Why is Kerry Adams the only member of the
Pier Corp. that seems to be scrutinized so heavily here? Aren't there four other
board members? While their names escape me (other than Lee Ash) I'm sure that
they are just as much a part of the pier as Mr. Adams is. If the only reason
Adams gets mentioned here is because he spends time on the pier then that is a
sorry reason to attack him.

There are many town volunteers that perhaps aren't as visible as others. They
all offer their time for the good of us all. Can we at least show some
appreciation for their services? I know because I am one of them and I am happy
to do what I do for this town that I care so much for. I ask nothing in return
and would hope that my fellow residents would offer their time and efforts as
well.

There are many openings on town boards and committees. Instead of casting stones
here, why not do something positive for a worthwhile outcome? In that way we
will all benefit.
3:45 pm edt 

Carpe Diem!

If the ConsComm is a monkey wrench in the cleanup of this beach, go
over them.  If Town Manager or the Board of Health won't override CC, bring in a
State agency like DEP to overrule.  Dog crap, rotting seaweed, flies, trash,
etc. seems a possible health issue?  Want to make the Pier look better?  Then
clean up the beach at its base.  Why are derelick boat owners (double use of
derelick to describe boats and owners for the grammar police) allowed to use
this beach as their personal storage spot.  Put out a notice in the Banner,
start issuing some citations, 5 business days to get your boats out or pay up. 
Owners unknown boats hauled out to the landfill or sold at auction.  These boats
have used up their welcome and are not representative of a quaint fishing
village.  They are an eyesore.  If the owners really want them, they can move
them.  If not, scrap em.  Advertise the cleanup, get a local co. to donate a
dump truck for a few days, seek volunteers but offer co!
ld drinks and lunch (tuna sandwiches, PB&J, hot dogs, as an incentive).  Make
it a town wide effort.   Borrow beach rakes from another town.  Set a date, have
a sign up.  Kerry Adams could oversee it since he's down there all the time
anyway.  Within a week this beach could be back on the road to recovery.  The
fix should be inexpensive and bonding for towns people.  Once clean, figure out
a way to maximize it's beauty and use as a resource for the town.  Get some
colorful umbrellas, beach chairs, small boardwalk with lights, dress it up,
nothing elaborate just nice.  Make this a welcoming spot people can use and
enjoy, not an eyesore people turn their heads at.  It's great swimming here, or
it used to be.  Prime location being completely wasted.  Potential is unlimited
here.  Come on Ptown, aren't you better than that?   
3:44 pm edt 

Could We Please Move On!

OK, can we all agree that Adams and Nagle have BOTH done their fair
share in the good name of Provincetown? Yes, I think we can. Now then, can we
return to other more pressing matters here? How about ways to reduce our taxes,
clean up our filthy beaches, and just make things better for all of us! I have
no problem with either the pier or the dog park. Neither are perfect, but
neither are festering with corruption and wrong doing, can we agree?

I thought so. Please, can we move on?

Bored blogger
3:42 pm edt 

Re: Candace Nagle

I am sure Candace can direct you, she is the all knowing when the pier
is discussed. Perhaps that is why the Selectmen saw fit to pass her by for a
position on the Pier board? I must be Adams too because I take issue with
Nagle's rants here as well! At least Kerry is a reasonable person to have a
convesation with. Candace on the other hand, hoo boy!
3:40 pm edt 

Please Clean up the Beach!

A picked up friends from California at the
ferry last Saturday. They were absolutely grossed out by the way our bay beach
near the pier looked and smelled. There are dead rotting birds, diapers,
tampons, cups, lots and lots of rotting seaweed and just a lot of junk. This
precious resource is being overlooked so that a few birds can eat. Please clean
up the beach, it smells bad and looks bad. Its the first thing alot of people
getting off of the ferry or private boats see. It is definitely not a tourist
attaction. Let's put some pressure on the Conservation Commission. The beach is
ugly, dirty and gross all the way down the bay to the Truro line.

PJ
3:39 pm edt 

I'm Not Kerry

So anyone here that disagrees with Nagle is Kerry Adams? Odd, that
isn't my name. Yet I choose to disagree with you Candace! This is still a free
society. Can you imagine for a momement that there are other people that post
here that differ with your opinionated positions on the pier?
3:36 pm edt 

It's Raining!

No watering tonite---YAY
1:41 pm edt 

Pier Corp Poor Business

This is why Mr. Adams et al arent' good business people who should be
in charge of the economic development of the pier, they give away resources like
not charging for the Tomlin show last year. Was that good business?

Can we [see] their finances? Can someone direct me where to go?
1:20 pm edt 

Mr. Adams

Reading all these blogs, when anyone goes around impersonating
another. In this case a board member is dressing up like an employee. I hope Mr.
Adams stops this and goes back to his civilan clothes fast...
1:12 pm edt 

Venues on the Pier

Wasn't that Lily Tomlin show at the pier last year held there free of
charge? Talk about comedy acts! What is the pier committee thinking? The pier is
a great venue and a premium should be levied for any further comedy acts that
take place there. Isn't that true Candace?

Just my opinion
1:10 pm edt 

Give it up!
 
"Signed, A Confused lobsterman with an empty trap"

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Yeah, right! Lobstermen are at a computer keyboard in the middle of the day on
this blog? Give it a break Mr. Kerry Transparent Adams! People here have
problems with the way things are going on the pier, including this blogger!
1:08 pm edt 

To: Candace Nagle

Ugh... here we go again! Candace, please go back to your dog park and
away from your keyboard! There is a poodle that needs a drink of water!

Parched poodle
12:53 pm edt 

Fishermen Are the "Us"

Upon the last report I got, the pier was built with State and Federal
grant monies for the benefit of the commercial fisherman. They are the "us" and
the  "us" are well represented on the pier. My fees are paying for the pier.

Who are the "WE" that are paying for the pier?
Nagle, Avellar, and Steele? All you people do is stir up trouble, you do NOT
help guys like me! I can talk to people like Adams and Wood and the other Pier
board people. Candace, Mary Jo and Dwayne do not represent me! I let my boat and
my wallet do the speaking for me!

Signed,

A Confused lobsterman with an empty trap
12:52 pm edt 

Soon at the Paramont!

"The pier is in capable hands and certainly seems to be running itself
quite nicely."

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What are you trying out material for some local comic act?
12:49 pm edt 

Us?

Who is the "us" that you refer? The pier was built for the commercial
fishermen. They have the use of it and have the ability to request whatever they
need from the staff there. If there are inequities on the pier, is it not for
the Pier committee to decide the best action?

Us and them?
12:41 pm edt 

From One Truly Grateful

So, a volunteer committee member who receives $0.00 in compensation
for his time chooses to spend it on the pier.  That, in the eyes of a blogger
here constitutes what? Someone please help me to understand how that is even the
business of the blogger that posted such rubbish?

I for one am truly grateful that we have town volunteers like Mr. Adams who
freely gives his valuable time to our schools, the pier, the Seashore board,
etc.

Would the blogger that has decided to criticize Adams' service please enlighten
us all on your endeavors for the town's benefit?

Your silence is deafening. 

Mr. Adams is a dedicated town board member who has no fear of being seen
publicly trying to make a difference. I for one would like to offer him my
thanks as well as an apology for the obviously ignorant few that pervade this
blog!
12:39 pm edt 

Who Does More?

I am not a friend of either Candace or Kerry.  I know who does more
for this town and gets attaacked here by Mr Adams constantly.  Hey Candace, can
you build me a fish park where I will not get hit by any more sinking boats  or
crumbling concrete?  I don't care if it has a shade pavillion or not.  A couple
of cute guppies would be nice though. Also, we don't need a fountain but a
barricade over our heads would be appreciated.

Your pal,

Slippery Fish

ps congrats on the nice job you did for tourism in the town.
12:37 pm edt 

Let Me be Clear:

The money goes to haul up the boats and barges when
they sink!That is a good use of your money!
12:35 pm edt 

It is Very Weird:
Let's be clear, if you own or manage a business, then as the employer/manager of

that business, wouldn't you spend time there dealing with your employees and
customers?

THEN WHY DON'T WE SEE THE TOWN MANAGER AT THE POLICE STATION? WHY, BECAUSE IT IS
A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE THAT THEY ARE DOING THEIR JOB! WHY DON'T WE SEE THE
SELECTMEN HOVERING AROUND THE CORRIDORS OF TOWN HALL? BECAUSE TOWN EMPLOYEES ARE
DOING THEIR JOBS WELL.

I think Mr. Adams needs to get an MBA as he doesn't know what the heck he is
talking about!
12:33 pm edt 

I'm Not Candace!

But I as well have serious concerns about what's
going on down on that pier! You know the one WE pay for! We want answers like
where is all that money going and how come we never see it help us?
12:08 pm edt 

Non Equivalents

If your children are getting "burned to crisp" at the school
playground, perhaps you should instruct the teacher to bring them in? How in the
world is that Mr. Adams fault? Seems that the school and the dog park are two
different "animals" aren't they?
11:34 am edt 

Pier Pavillion

"You know the shade pavillion at the end of the pier
that is always empty because the PPPC never bothers to rent it out? You know the
one they spent 80k on thinking it was a good investment with our dollars? How
about we ask the dog park folks if they want it? It will then be put to good
use...finally!"
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Sorry, but the Pavillion was part of a Transportation Grant that was received by
the town and used for not only the Pavillion, but the restrooms as well. Get
your "facts" straight!
11:31 am edt 

Good Grief Candace!

You are obviously not yet over being passed up for a position on the Pier Corp.
board are you? First off, Mr. Adams is a Director, and therefore has every right
to spend as little or as much time on the pier as he chooses. Since when do you
care how often he visits the pier and for what reason? Or for that matter, any
of the other directors?

Let's be clear, if you own or manage a business, then as the employer/manager of
that business, wouldn't you spend time there dealing with your employees and
customers? Does your time there invalidate you as a good manager to your staff?
I think not! 

I remember your earlier rants on this very blog Candace where you rabidly
complained that the Directors were never on the pier. Now that one of them is,
you see fit to criticize him at every turn! As a taxpayer and resident of this
town, I for one am thrilled that one of the Directors spends time on the pier.
Frankly, I think it shows not only good leadership on Adams' part, but a true
sense of wanting to be in touch with the day to day operations on the pier.

Oh, and Candace, what does parking his vehicle on the pier have to do with him
being or not being a fisherman? Are you trying to tell us that a Pier Board
member has no right to park their car on the pier while they are there?

Your blogs smack seriously of jealousy Miss Nagle. If I were you, I would heed
the earlier posts here and stick to worrying about your dog park. As a dog owner
myself, I can't bring my dog to the park when the sun shines for fear of losing
her to heat stroke! You have done an admirable job with the dog park and you
should be proud of your achievements. Since you are not a member of the pier
board, perhaps your time would be better suited to finding some needed shade for
the dog park?

The pier is in capable hands and certainly seems to be running itself quite
nicely. You werent picked to be a board member Miss Nagle, get over it and move
on please! There are so many other truly important things to talk about here!
The pier is OLD news, move on!
11:29 am edt 

Re: Kerry Adams

Even though Kerry Adams isn,t "One of Us" why do any of you people care what he
is doing?Yes, being a member of the Pier committee does entitle him to take
whatever interest he has in it's operations,perhaps that is why he gives his
time for free, because he is a concerned and helpful citizen.It's always the
negative people who don;t give one second of themselves to help a community who
complain all the time , or perhaps just another blogger on this website who has
a personal vendetta against Mr Adams.Give it a rest.
11:26 am edt 

Re: Bike Traffic

I agree with Bike Traffic poster. Commercial St is so dangerous that I
won't ride my bike and I'm over 40! Some parents just don't think while on
vacation. They put pleasure before safety which can have dire consequences. Glad
to hear that nothing bad happened.

PJ
11:24 am edt 

Re: Beach Matters

I could not agree with you more. The town has (for years) been trying to buy a
beach rake that would sift up all these debris.  Many beach communities all over
the country use these devices (It's kind of a beach zamboni [sp?].) Our problem
is the Conservation Commission.  They feel cleaning the beach would deprive
birds a source of food (insects).  I guess this small stretch of beach is the
only source of seaweed/insects on the entire upper cape! I think if we cleaned
the beach the birds could find another "fast food joint".

Daily Reader
11:22 am edt 

Bike Traffic

Many Cape towns have specific laws regarding the can and cannot doos
(intentional mis-spelling) of bicycle traffic.  Ptown has none.  A family
including 2 parents and 4 children, ages 4-10, were navigating against auto
traffic on a very crowded Commercial St. Saturday.  The kids could barely ride
their bikes.  One wiped out when faced with pedestrians right in front of him
and almost ended up under my car.  They had helmets thank God and the kid only
got scraped.  If parents are stupid enough to allow this does that mean the town
should be also.  Curious as to liability issues for the town as to not enforcing
stricter bicycle rules, especially for minors.  Don't care if adults ride
against the traffic but kids under 15 or so should be banned.  Sorry if you
don't agree but it would be for their own good.  This could have been really bad
if my rear tire had gone over the kid and I, no doubt, would have been blamed
even though I couldn't see the kid at first. 
9:38 am edt 

Red Dots Remember

Board of Health meeting 5pm at Grace
Gouviea on Alden St. This Thursday.
Be there! We need a good showing. 
Other wise don't complain with the
results.

We have a strong voice!

Red Dottie
8:41 am edt 

Beach Matters

Who is HIMSELF?  With all the recent heat, tried to sit on the beach
near the wharf this weekend.  Flies and stinking seaweed made it impossible. 
Can't the town take a couple of DPW workers and drag the beaches at least once
to get rid of years worth of this rotting seaweed, home to thousands of nasty
flies breeding.  Sorry, the tide does NOT take care of this and the beaches off
Comm'l St. are disgusting and have been for the past few years.  Tourists see
this from the wharf.  What an inviting sight and smell.  No wonder you never see
anyone on this beach.  People used to swim here and lay on the beach.  Not
anymore.  Maybe clean it up and put in one or two trash containers and people
may actually be able to use it.  Crazy I know.  Instead of worrying about
whether priviledged dogs can drink from a fountain, how about taking care of the
town's most valuable natural resource, the beach, the first thing anyone getting
off the boat from Boston sees upon entering the!
  town. When was the last time you saw anyone swimming at the beach between the
wharf and the old Macara's wharf or laying on a towel on this beach for that
matter?  It should be inviting, full of people enjoying the beach, colorful
umbrellas and happiness not just clump after nasty clump of rotting seaweed,
flies and derelick boats and trash.  Come on all you town generals, wake up. 
Instead of worrying about Kerry Adams answering a stupid phone, clean up the
beach so it's useable for christ sake or do you really want an eyesore as a
first impression maker.  This beach deserves better than the hand you are
dealing it. 
8:40 am edt 

Please be Specific

What are specific examples of Mr Adams accomplishments as Pier
Director?

Please poster it has to be more than you think the pier looks 'wonderful.'
8:37 am edt 

Kerry Adams

Kerry Adams on the pier 24/7 to protect the assets? Why is someone
going to steal the MacMillan Pier? Give us a break!

What is that man really doing down there?
8:35 am edt 

Dear Summer Cops

Don't listen to the previous blogs here, you guys are doing a very good job. The
Intersections are not the real problem for the traffic issues. When the traffic
is backed up on Rte 6 in Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans Rotary and up by Exit 9,
you don't see any cops do you but if god forbid it's backed up for two minutes
in P'town "WATCH OUT". But yet when they have to sit for many minutes on Rte 6
you never hear any complaints about where are the cops do you, all you hear is,
wow it took me almost 2 hrs to get from Hyannis to Ptown, or my god I can't
believe all the cars on Rte 6. Now comes Ptown where we are trying to cram
thousands of people, bicycles, cars and another 300 or so from the Boston Ferry
and it's all the summer cops fault when there are many of times, when there's
just simply no place to move anyone into. All I can say is, if the bloggers keep
complaining and next year there are less summer cops out there, get use to
waiting because it will only get worse. As far !
as I'm concerned they are doing their best in area's there is just not enough
room to fit the people, cars, bicycles, skate boarders and you name it.
8:34 am edt 

Zoning

David Nicolau should not be a member of the ZBA his line of work is REAL ESTATE
people inherent conflict just being on the board.
Mr Littlefield has not the acumen to sit nor hear a ZBA case.
Annie Howard in a long standing member of the community and does volunteer  year
in and year out and should be thanked. She runs a loose meeting and does not
know Zoning as well as she should being a Chair of a regulatory board.
Miss Germaine is NOT qualified to sit on a regulatory board, maybe she should
get a job and work for a living before she starts determining a ZBA case or the
welfare and livlihood of any business or home owners property.
Tom is retired and he and his partner are good guys who contribute "quietly" and
get involved he is learning but it takes Years to understand and interpret
Zoning correctly. Tom will be a better member as he gains experience.
Just because you have sat on boards for years does NOt make you qualified nor
does it guarantee you can or will interpret Zoning correctly.
8:32 am edt 

Kerry Adams on the Pier

The only problem with Kerry Adams spending so much time on the pier is that he's
become too friendly with the pier staff.  You can't be a boss and a friend at
the same time.  It's walking a very fine line and it never works out well.

It would be like a member of the BOS hanging out with town staff.  You just
don't do it.  It's one thing to socialize, it's quite another to become friends. 
At some point and time, every employee needs to be disciplined for one thing or
another.  Can you remain unbiased when you are friends?  Very few people are
capable of being both boss and friend and any great businessman will tell you
it's a bad idea.
8:30 am edt 

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Kerry Adams

Kerry Adams has every right to be on the Pier. Is he not a member of the Pier
Corp.?  If so, then that gives him the right to be on the Pier to protect the
assets.
11:32 pm edt 

Hooray For the Irish!

I noticed HIMSELF working on Commercial the other day. At least he wasn't at
home drinking. The town isn't paying you for that!
10:34 pm edt 

Dog Magazine That No One Has Heard Of?

Really? Over 100 media outlets,
print and internet have carried the story. Just google DogTown USA 2010.

What a sad sack who can't stand all this great press the Town is getting. Let's
hope he gets the help he needs.
10:32 pm edt 

Zoning is Weak

I beg to differ while I agree.  It obviously doesn't
matter how long you've lived here if you can't read or follow your own
regulations.  Loose the special treatment and "good ole boy network" i.e. buddy
system, and viola, Ptown may actually be interesting to the general population
in 10 years.  Honestly, wouldn't want to spend a week's vaca with the kids. 
Sorry, only the dog wants to.  
10:31 pm edt 

Blood Bank

Does Provincetown have a blood bank, if not, where would the closest donation
center be located? I have been looking on the internet but must be in the wrong
places. I've found the blood supply for pets and some ridiculous ban against gay
men donating blood but cannot locate anything on a subject that I consider to be
of high importance.
10:30 pm edt 

Kerry Adams

Why does Kerry Adams insist on parking in the few spots reserved for
us fishermen? Kerry the sentiment on the pier is that you don t belong on the
pier and are in fact literally getting in the way. Stick to your meeings at
Grace Gouveia and stop getting in our way! You just aren t one of us!!!!!!!!!
10:28 pm edt 

Provincetown Police are Priceless

Yes, there is a problem with directing traffic on Commercial St. This
morning at 11am I was driving down that street at Ryder.. 4 cars in front and I
see the cop talking and laughing with the driver of a car.... more cars stop in
back of me, traffic coming from Ryder. Then the cop ends a 5 min. conversation
and walks back to Shore and stands there, does nothing to get the traffic
moving. Once we do move I see the car that he was enjoying this banter with was
a Provincetown police car... Priceless
10:26 pm edt 

There Would be no Awards or Nationalizationl
There would be no awards or national attention for Provincetown if it wasn't for
Ms Nagle's hard work.
I actually cut and pasted the above sentence from another person's post
regarding Saint Candy.

Apparently Provincetown would be NOTHING without her.
10:03 pm edt 

Re: Zoning is Weak and Not Lawyerly in Interpreting the Laws

While some of the more experienced members of the board term limited out, 3
almost at the same time I believe, I beg to differ with your assertion that the
board lacks qualification and tenure in terms of years in Town.

Lets see we have Ann Howard. 3 terms on Board of Health, 3 on Planning and I
think this is her second term on ZBA. Yes a real light weight. Has lived here at
least 27 years.

David Nicholau. Former Selectman. Board of Health. Board of assessors. No
experience there. Has lived here at least 27 years.

Tom Roberts. Owns two of the finest inns in Town. Successful businessman,
involved in all kinds of charitable events and promotions of Provincetown. Has
lived here at least 10 years.

Bob Littlefield. Brilliant retired businessman. He has owned a home here since
2000. I think and he retired here making P-town permanent residence about 4
years ago.

I do not have much detail on Amy Germaine, except I know her family has owned
properties here for at least 40 years and she moved here permanently about 4
years ago.

Same for Elizabeth Verde, (I do not know too much.) But she is another business
woman. Has served on Board of PBG. And has been around for 5+ years.

So who is the carpet bagger? Are you better qualified for service on the ZBA? Go
sign up, there are openings. 

While I might not always agree with the ZBA, I think your attack is misinformed
and not lawerly. Lawerly, now there is an intelligent non-word.    

2:55 pm edt 

Too Many Police Not Enough Time

I agree. Why aren't the police spending more time directing traffic. They
certainly have enough time to talk to everyone on the streets. What are we
paying them for?
2:39 pm edt 

Re: Censorship

I see only certain people get their posts posted. Censorship in
Provincetown. Now that's a new one!
2:37 pm edt 

To: Mr. Myopic...

First Candy works at the Chamber.  Candace is the
person associated with the dog park.  Get over yourself.  There would be no dog
park.  There would be no fountain.  There would be no awards or national
attention for Provincetown if it wasn't for Ms Nagle's hard work.  She took a
useless leech field and turned it into number 2 dog park in the nation in 3
short years.  She found the gift that was bequeathed to Provincetown for the dog
fountain. All this working with the BOS and others who constantly threw
obsticals in her way. Now that all is done, these do nothings will stand up and
make believe that they had lots to do with the success. She brought Lily Tomlin
to town.  She has made Provincetown #1 in the nation as a pet friendly town. 
Nothing against Casas but when is the last time you saw a dog for adoption or
any other animal except for cats. I hope she does pat herself on the back for a
job well done...and let's hear what YOU have done beside!
  attack good works of others.
2:36 pm edt 

Re: Summer Cops Directing Traffic?

Picture this.  Summer cop hanging out at Lopes Square.  Cars and pedestrians
create a bottle neck and he/she steps in to direct traffic.  More cars, more
pedestrians.  He/she is doing a great job when suddenly there's a car accident
at the parking lot or maybe a store gets robbed or an elderly person is in
distress.  What then.  Should he/she just look at all the cars and people who
have come to rely on him/her, throw up his arms and say "Sorry folks.  You're on
your own now."

Once you start directing traffic, you are locked into it until the traffic
subsides.

Of course the chief could ask for extra money in his budget for traffic duty
cops, but there is no way in hell this town would approve spending the extra
money.  And if they did, you would then complain why are we spending money on
traffic cops at times when there is little traffic.

The short of it is that street cops need to be able to respond instantly.
2:35 pm edt 

Re: Candace Nagle

I agree, it does seem that Candace has a need to make a name for
herself in this town.  Unfortunatly that name leaves a bad taste on most
people's mouths no matter how many visits to a drinking fountain.
2:33 pm edt 

Jeff, Why Can't summer Cops Direct Traffic?
 
They walk around. They stop and talk. They amble up and down Commercial Street.
But if there is congestion, they continue to look and talk. Please, police
training. Use them as we really need them here in the summer months.

Teach them how to direct traffice at Ryder and also Lopes Square.

Am I the only one who sees this as a problem?
10:44 am edt 

Just Enjoy Life!

Maybe we could win the award for "Biggest Complainers in the
Nation"... complain and            and moan... give it up... you are fortunate
to live in a beautiful place... a dog fountain isn't going to kill anyone. Quit
your complaining and just enjoy life.

Agua Fina
10:42 am edt 

Thanks For CASAS!

Candy and her friends should really be careful that they don't break
their arms patting themselves on the back about this dog fountain and being
mentioned in some dog magazine that most people have never heard of.

Provincetown has ALWAYS been dog friendly. We have miles of beautiful national
seashore for dogs to play on. Businesses have ALWAYS been extremely tolerant of
pets here.

If the astoundingly self congratulatory "Saint Candy of the Affluent Poodles"
wants to take credit for that, I suppose she can.

Thank goodness we have the good people at CASAS. Over the years they have helped
hundreds of animals truly in need. They find homes for abandoned or orphaned
pets, they provide medical care for the sick and they don't seek publicity. They
don't try to get their name in the papers. They just want to help animals.
10:40 am edt 

Re: Dog Fountain

So, what's all the Hull-a-Ba-Lu about water and a water fountain? Many
years ago the town also had a water trough for the horses when they had horse
and buggy.


The public fountain installation started with a gentleman who gave a gift to the
town to install a fountain at Town Hall in honor of his father who either use to
visit Provincetown or lived here, I'm not sure which.  It's a nice way to honor
his father who loved Provincetown.
9:14 am edt 

Excerpt from Boston Herald July 17 2010

"....Selectmen recently approved the addition of a water fountain on the grounds
of Town Hall thatll include not only a spigot for humans, but one for canines.

Its those kinds of touches that prompted Dog Fancy magazine to honor
Provincetown as DogTown USA 2010 for being the countrys most dog-friendly
community."

********************************************************************

The dog fountain idea helped Provincetown win the award as DogTown USA plain and
simple! Only a fool as we have on this blog would disparage it when it has
already helped the town with great publicity and it's not even in yet! That is
amazing in itself!

9:12 am edt 

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Zoning is Weak and Not Lawyerly in Interpreting the Laws

Some haven't lived here but for a few years. Most are recent additions to this
board. The chair was an alternate before he became chair since most of the
Zoning members' terms expired. So you have novices giving us rulings of rules
they hardly know well. Worse, they lack years of understanding precedent,
procedures and solid interpretation from experienced members. This is a sad
board that hardly knows what it is doing.
10:26 pm edt 

Re: "Alden Street Gridlock".

Last week I read a comment titled "Alden Street Gridlock".  I thought
it was just a gripe---but today I got caught in the same gridlock and ironically
had to wait my turn to proceed on what is supposed to be 2 way traffic while a
Parking Enforcement car drove AROUND the illegally parked taxis (2) and a pickup
truck.

Who do they know?
10:25 pm edt 

Water Fountains

The Town many years ago had a water fountain. It was removed and never replaced
until now. This is not something new; it's just being re-installed many years
later. So, what's all the Hull-a-Ba-Lu about water and a water fountain? Many
years ago the town also had a water trough for the horses when they had horse
and buggy. In the 70's and 80's, someone operated a horse and carriage I believe
it was called Ramblin' Rose, and you could go for a carriage ride around town.
Missing that.
10:24 pm edt 

Re: It's Official

I had thought the Bangs St. Ext. issue had went the way of the sunken town barge
and the high school, gone and forgotten, replaced with real concerns like dog
fountains and personal attacks, but it seems as some of us cannot let sleeping
dogs lie, even if they are not thirsty.
How long have you lived in Provincetown? Don't you know that money placed in the
appropriate location controls the town, not the town government or the populace.
The individual property owner may have to move a fence or clean their property
but how many times have you seen a developement conform to the by-laws the
average individual is subject to? The modus operendi is build first and wait
long enough and any non-conformities will be forgotten. Brings to mind back when
the first four story hotel was built on the water side of Commercial St. Must
have been over forty years ago. Townsfolk swore that this could not and would
not happen. Guess what, they're still there and so will the Bangs St Ext.
condo's, unless weather takes it's due course and washes them away. Then the
town will be responsible because they issued the proper permits. Gone but not
forgotten.
8:56 pm edt 

Do the Math
 
Get out your pencils, time for some math.  Natural dune + wildflowers
+ native vegetation
+ trees + vegetable garden + bulldozer + 4 trucked in modular houses + gas vents
+ steel retaining wall + sewer system directly above a wetland + 8 car parking  = -
natural dune - wildflowers -natural vegetation - trees - vegetable garden = earrings on a pig
8:54 pm edt 

It's Official

Bangs St. Extension is now the home of a smelly
bouse-house and construction gear galore (electrical wiring, stones,
construction debris).  Silly me, I didn't know this road was up for grabs. 
Great job town boards.  Your expertise in overseeing the wrecking of a quaint
neighborhood really shines through.  Not to mention what will happen when a
couple good Nor'easters hit next winter. Candace isn't the only one deserving
kudos.  
6:49 pm edt 

Re: Dog Fountain

A Dog's gotta have water... we use water in a variety of ways. One way
is so that we don't die of thirst. I'd never let my dog die of thirst either.
What an incredibly ignorant post about our water supply. All living things need
water.

Aqua Fina
6:46 pm edt 

What's the Real Story

Why is the Board of Health Selecting Two Restaurants for Violations
and not all Restaurants?

What is or did happen at the Board of Health meeting. I too saw the pigeon poop
and the big story on that but was confused about what  the members of this board
were accusing two restaurants of doing. Can someone clarify? And why so much
attention to pigeon poop? do we really care even if some condo owners are upset?
6:45 pm edt 

Kudos to the Zoning Board

Yes, kudos to the ZBA for having the ability to deal with the extended hours of
operation for the service of alcohol.  There are citizens out there that wish
they took the same approach to structures being built.
6:43 pm edt 

Second Home Owners

I'm so tired of arrogant "second home owners" making obnoxious threats
like "if property owners are ever given a vote, watch out." And constantly
reminding year rounders how much money they spend here.

This is not your home, regardless of how much property you own here. When you
decide to contribute more than money to the community, then you get a vote.

Sorry, but you don't get to make the playgroound rules just because you have the
most toys.

6:42 pm edt 

Wrong Decision by the ZBA

they are relatively inexperienced group of people and I disagree with their
decision. They are poor interpreters of their own Zoning By-Laws so this is not
a surprise but a disappointment. I wish we had the old board back. They kenw the
Zoning By-Laws and knew how to interprete them. This group will take years to
catch up--if ever.
6:40 pm edt 

Another Boat Sinking!?

Did you hear there was another boat that sank at the pier last night?
It s same old same old down there no matter who is weaing the harbormaster's
shirt!
2:29 pm edt 

Dog Fountain

We are on the last few years of an agreement to "borrow" water from
the Seashore. We just allocated how millions of dollars to get water from Truro.
The 4th of July water use was through the roof. Is a water fountain for dogs
really a priority use?    
12:39 pm edt 

3:00 am Opening

I bet if you lived near Spiritus you wouldn't want it open until 3 am.
This is a community not a shopping mall.
12:38 pm edt 

Dog Park Visit

It was hot yesterday and I rode by the dog park.  There were at least
20 people there despite the heat.  Whoever you are, get over yourself. The dog
park is all privately funded and as far as I know the shade is next. It will not
be a bunch of 2x4's from home depot either. Sorry you feel you donated for
nothing (if you did at all). 
11:45 am edt 

Seashore Point....

What's up over there these days? All the employees
are being asked (made?) to sign a paper saying they can be fired for any reason
and can't call an attorney if they are? Is this abundant living??
11:37 am edt 

Re: "What is This All About?"

I went by the house on the east corner of Conwell and Railroad Sts. and also noticed that in addition to the vinyl fence and illegal parking space on Conwell, that there is also a sign post
that was never there before. Did they get a permit from the zoning board like other businesses have to get for a new sign? I guess this property owner has friends in town hall like the owner of the Bangs Street development.
11:33 am edt 

Bar Openings

I READ IN THE BANNER THAT THE TWO PIZZA PLACES WANT TO STAY OPEN UNTIL 3AM..  I
THINK THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED SINCE THE BARS ARE ALLOWED UNTIL 2AM.  LETS SEE
WHAT LICENSING DOES ABOUT THAT?

IF THEY CAN PROMOTE BOOZE, THEY SHOULD CERTAINLY PROMOTE FOOD.  THEN THE
LICENSING BOARD CAN BE BILLED FOR ALL THE PROBLEMS AFTER HOURS!


CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THIS WORK!
11:31 am edt 

Harbormaster's Office

I DON'T CARE WHAT COMMITTEE KERRY IS ON..  HE IS NOT A HARBORMASTER AND DOES NOT
BELONG ANSWERING THEIR PHONES.

IT WOULD BE LIKE THE HARBORMASTER ANSWERING THE PHONE AT TOWN HALL..  WILL ALL
THE HARBORMASTERS ON DURING THE DAY, THERE HAS TO BE ONE AVAILABLE FOR IN COMING
PHONE CALLS!
11:29 am edt 

Dog Park, etc...
 
Ok, I'll admit I have never met Candace; however, anyone remotely associated
with a private expenditure environment should be applauded.   I agree, the park
still has some rough edges, but it is great to be able to take my pup there and
let her have fun.  I guess it ends up being an instance of you get what you pay
for; therefore, I have set up a routine payment of $50 dollars to the park each
month - I'd easily have paid that for a cover to the Boatslip, so....

As for being named in a national publication - would rather have not had any
mention?  I think to be ranked that high is a bit interesting, but if it is
marketing, keep it going.  I wouldn't have personally thought Ptown would rate
that highly, but....  I think had it not been mentioned at all, people would be
up in arms and saying, "What a waste." 

I am amazed that I have a home here - albeit, a second home owner - and, yet,
people deride it.  I have no doubt there are inefficiencies within government,
but I think all "locals" should be glad that it is status quo - if property
owners are ever given a vote, watch out.  I think each of us would love to shift
the town's direction; however, since we bought here without the option, we
accept it.  I only wish the locals would appreciate - or acknowledge - where 2/3
of the actual payments to the Town actually come from each year.
10:59 am edt 

To: "What is This All About?"

If you are aware of violations or alledged violations then I suggest you pay a
visit to the temporary Town Hall located in the trailers next to the Skate Park
or call the Town Hall to register a complaint. Don't expect anything to happen
too soon from writing it on the Blog; as the officials that would need to do
enforcement probably don't read the Blog nor do they live in town and probably
didn't even notice the property had changes made to it.
10:56 am edt 

Re: Zoning Board of Appeals

I agree that the Zoning Board of Appeals is doing the right thing by
denying the extension of drinking hours to the bars.  This is an issue that
should be decided by town people rather than by a few business owners.  Shame on
the bar owners (and we know who you are) who bullied the town officials and
licensing board into agreeing to extending the drinking hours on a so-called
"trial basis".
10:54 am edt 

Kudos to the ZBA

I applaud the decision of the ZBA regarding extending hours for alcohol service.
Clearly the members of ZBA think with their minds, follow their hearts and are
not frightened by bullies or business owners who think they remain above
reproach.

Members of the Licensing Board would be wise to spend some time being tutored by
the ZBA. It would provide an educational platform for the Licensing Board to
formulate more intelligent motions, communicate more effectively, and most
importantly best serve the town.

It is regrettable the Licensing Board members and staff lack the sophistication
and educational prowess needed to adequately perform their duties.
10:53 am edt 

Friday, July 16, 2010

Making Shade in a Few Easy Steps
 
Go to Home Depot, get the spikes that hold a 4"x4" post. (It is a square with a
spike at the end). Then get a piece of a 4x4, put it in the holder and bang the
spike into the ground until only the 4"x4" metal square is at ground level.

Then put in four posts that are 4x4 pressure treated wood, then nail 4 2x4s to
the post tops so you have a big 8x8 foot "table top" then nail or screw pressure
treated boards across the top and in a few hours you have a eight foot by eight
foot shaded spot.

Make a line of these and presto: a big shaded area.
4:00 pm edt 

No Extended Drinking Hours!!

Kudos to the ZBA for following the express wishes of a majority of the
TM voters in turning down the extended drinking hour.

For those who support the measure, convince the voters next time rather than
playing games to go around them.
3:58 pm edt 

Great Idea Here!

You know the shade pavillion at the end of the pier
that is always empty because the PPPC never bothers to rent it out? You know the
one they spent 80k on thinking it was a good investment with our dollars? How
about we ask the dog park folks if they want it? It will then be put to good
use...finally!
3:56 pm edt 

Hey Kerry!

My kids hate playing in the children's playground behind the VMES because you
failed to put shade structures in for them.  They get burned to a crisp
everytime they are forced out there!
3:55 pm edt 

Re: What is This All About?...

The house you speak about on the east
side corner of Conwell & Railroad Ave. is owned by a local from a powerful
family here in town and he gets away with getting permits all the time on his
many properties. Last year he put in an illegal studio apartment on said
address. The fence is plastic, put up without historic permit. And the
selectmen, Police or fire department where never asked when he opened a parking
area (curb cut) on Conwell Street, the busiest and most dangerous Street in
town! Why can some people get away with this and others have to go thru hoops
and high costs to get the same needed permits they have to get????
3:54 pm edt 

Mindful Dog Care
As a neighbor to the Grace Gouveia Building I would like to point out
that there is only one (or maybe two) dogs of DPW staff there and they are NOT
running around the grounds/parking area.

All dog owners/walkers need to be mindful and clean up after their
pets--townies, vacationers, employees.......let's stop the target practice of
blame and just scoop the poop!
3:52 pm edt 

Wednesday July 21st Hosting a Celebration of Bruce Lindsey's Life


Bruce Lindsey was Reservation Manager for Rick Murray at The Crown & Anchor Hotel since Rick purchased the Crown in 2001 and actually worked here for the previous owner as well.

He was a fixture behind the desk and had an amazing memory when it came to the guests and their preferences etc. On Wednesday July 21st from 4 to 6PM we will be hosting a celebration of Bruce’s’ life and invite all who knew Bruce to come and share a remembrance or story. There will be a reception to follow. Donations to help cover funeral expenses will be accepted & appreciated.

Thanks,

Rick Reynolds

Asst. General Manager

The Crown & Anchor

247 Commercial St

Provincetown, MA 02657

rickr@onlyatthecrown.com

508-487-1430 ext. 227

3:19 pm edt 

Can We Please Get Some Shade?
I'm so glad that some others have brought this issue up with the dog park.
I donated generously to the dog park know that my dogs would benefit from
a safe, fenced in environment, where they could run and frolic. I've been
there once and will not return. Why? Because it is a kin to running your dog
in a desert. It is so hot and sunny my dogs that my dogs are uncomfortable
after only 5-10 mins of being there. For all of the money that was raised you
would have thought that they could have put up a shade structure. At least at
the beach, although sunny, the dogs can swim. Maybe a swimming hole or better
yet add some tarps or a shade structure.

Please... I drive by daily only to see the place empty in the heat.

TJ
1:19 pm edt 

Re: Dog Park

Kerry Adams is that the best you can do ctiticizing the lack of shade
in the park when we all know it is still being built ?

Hope you are more creative in selling inurance!
1:16 pm edt 

Faget About It!

People don't really care about how the town is being ruined by
overdevelopment.  It's not going to stop anytime soon, but only get worse, shown
by recent by-law "rewriting".  With high season in full swing, consumption by
dirty little private wars takes presidence.  Its a chorus in the "me" song. The
Bangs St. situation is a done deal.  Faget about it. (intentional misspelling
for the spelling police) 
1:13 pm edt 

Re: Dog Park

So it's Adams fault that the pier was undecorated before the Blessing?
That smells like a "Candy-Gram" to me! Candace, the pier looked absolutely
wonderful with the appropriate flags flying - in fact, it still does. Seems to
me that you should be maneuvering yourself away from the pier blame game and
paying closer attention to your own little version of "Death Valley" over there
on Shank Painter! For its 2nd place finish in the Canine printed word world,
this blogger remains mystified at the why of the award! It's an un-shaded and
barren patch of scorched earth! Yes, there are some accouterments for the
pooches but my God, can't you find a few trees or something! When the sun is out
and the temp over 70, I cant force my dogs to go there!

Rovers best freind
11:26 am edt 

Re: Dog Park

There's a beautiful steel mooring ball painted with roosters at the
dog park celebrating Provindetown's Portuguese heritage which doubles as an
entrance sign into the parking lot.
11:24 am edt 

Rose Colored Glasses

"The pier looks wonderful?"

Knock those rose colored glasses off Snooky!
You ain't wininng any awards down there that's for damn sure!
11:23 am edt 

To the Blogger That Posted the Following:

"After four years as a Pier Corp director, Adams finally realizes the pier needs
Portuguese flags for the festival and 4th of July flags? Adams is quite the
mover and shaker, isn't he?"


Let's be realistic here! It was not Adams job to see that the pier got
decorations for the Festival, but in fact the Blessing of the Fleet Committee.
If the proverbial "ball" got dropped, it was their ball, not Adams'. He simply
got that ball rolling again and made something happen! Let's point the fickle
finger of blame where it needs to get pointed!

Regardless of the who and how, the pier looks wonderful, don't you agree Ms.
Nagle??? Funny, I didn't notice any Portuguese flags flying at that sand lot you
call a Dog Park! I'm afraid my pooch won't use your facilities as he finds it
too hot and uncomfortable considering it's lack of shade and trees! But, that's
another conversation! Bye for now...

Snooky
10:45 am edt 

Dog Smarts

Good dog owners don 't take their dogs outside in hot weather for any
time beyond peeing and pooping.  Because respondsible dog owners know dogs don t
have efficient cooling systems.

Candace et al rock for turning an effluent field into an award winning dog park
the community uses and is proud of.

She put the Town on the national map for pet toting tourists!

Rumor has it Candace is now talking to Ellen to do a dog themed show here! 

10:35 am edt 

Re: Public Meeting

Why didn't the person who knew about the public meeting make a big
deal out it on this blog? Believe me, I'm going to attend the Sept. meeting when
the B of S get the final report about the all of the town  properties.

Real estate is moving; it is time for us to sell some of our inventory and pay
for town hall, the library, and the new police headquarters. We don't need real
estate stock just sitting there depreciating--sell and the use the money to take
the burden off of the taxpayers and Pay for our needed projects.
10:34 am edt 

Public Meeting

Why didn't the person who knew about the public meeting blog on here so that
people would know in advance. Isn't that one purpose of this blog rather than
just make personal attacks on people?
10:33 am edt 

Public Meeting on Town Wide Goals?

What and when was the public meeting. I wish that I knew about it because I was
going to go to the slectmen's meeting to make a public statement about this very
thing--and there was a Public meeting.

Information about this meeting should have been on the front page. People would
have gone there to talk about the Bang's street situation, overcrowded
development, etc. This is aggravating that I missed the chance.
10:17 am edt 

Re: Dog Park

I'm still scratching my head over our dog park being named the 2nd
best in the country.  It is nothing but a barren wasteland of gravel and sand
with the occasional canine yard ornament, completely devoid of trees, providing
shade for humans or animals.  All one needs to do is go past it on a hot
afternoon to see it completely empty.    
10:10 am edt 

Where Have We Gone?

It is now all clear to me. This town has
really Gone To The Dogs!
10:09 am edt 

Who Let the Dogs Out?

I see more dogs in town offices than employees. Isn't this
a heath violation? They even attend BoS meetings.
Go get them Jane!
Get the dogs out of town properties. It is not professional
nor legal.

Poopy Scoopy Doo
10:08 am edt 

About Spellling

Please learn to spell a word that you like to use often when you blog:
TRASH not THRASH. Tank you!

hehe
10:06 am edt 

Either You Play or You Pay

Wathched the Selectmen's public meeting on the 2011 Towm wide goals.
No one .ade a public statement as no one attended.

We get what we deserve when we aren't part of the process.
10:05 am edt 

School Condom Issue

Wow...That was a biggie (gonna). Watch out everyone, we have a spelling watch
dog on here now. This one apparently is trying too pick out words to attack
instead of the issue probably because their AFRAID their kid(s) are going to be
asking for a condom and by saying my spelling is why they are taking them out
only supports that theory.
10:03 am edt 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

We Want Our Beaches Clean, Our Trash Bins Empty, and Our Streets Clean

We are a tourist town and we want the town to look its best. We want the DPW
staff to help make that happen. We want to be proud of where we live and we want
to live with views uncluttered with garbage and thrash. It is that simple. It is
not too much to ask for and demand of DPW.
8:56 pm edt 

School/Condom Issue Response
 
What is wrong with your writing, LOL. We could start with "gonna"
8:53 pm edt 

Looks LIke Pigeon Poop Gets the Scoop !

While Actions Against Town Restaurant Owners is Tossed to the Side

Seems like the real story, according to the Banner, is pigeon poop. Seems that
poop dominates. But wasn't there a more serious issue with conflict of interest
of Board of Health members trying to hurt two local businesses? Seems if you're
in the bar business, you shouldn't be setting up violations to shut down an
abutting bar business. This seems the most significant story. And what about the
Michelle Couture and her role in trying to shut down a bar across from her
living room? Look behind the scenes and see what lily pond creature is causing
havoc!

The real poop was not pigeon poop.
8:52 pm edt 

School/Condom Issue Response

To the blogger who says I mis-spelled, etc,etc when I posted my blog please show
me what was mispelled and I'll show you what's wrong with yours. Maybe that's
where your problem is and tell me how one parent opinion is reason for you to
take yours out. My guess is you have other issues yourself. And incase you are
wondering if I care if your kid(s) stay or go else where, I don't (and I'm sure
others probably don't either).
7:33 pm edt 

Re:School/Condom Issue
 
To The paranoid parent who thinks the school is "gonna" do what they want and
that they have other motives. Your poorly written, badly spelled, paranoid
reaction is another reason that I am happy our kids will be getting an education
away from PHS. They can't stay surrounded by ignorant people like you!
6:42 pm edt 

Include all of the Players

The writer who is concerned about dog poop at Grace Gouveia is right
BUT lets not forget the DPW staff who bring their dogs and let them run free in
the parking lot and around the building.
6:41 pm edt 

A Matter of Insight?

After four years as a Pier Corp director, Adams finally realizes the
pier needs Portuguese flags for the festival and 4th of July flags?

Adams is quite the mover and shaker, isn't he?
6:39 pm edt 

What is This All About?

Has anybody noticed that the house on the corner of Conwell and
Railroad avenue has put up a plastic fence along Conwell AND made a NEW parking
space on Conwell, the most dangerous street to back out into, without getting a
curb cut from the BOS? How come this homeowner can get away with this when
others have to go before Historic and the selectmen to do all of this???
6:36 pm edt 

Town Dump

Why does the dump close at 1:00 pm? By the time everybody gets done
cleaning and working, they go to the dump only to find that it closed hours ago!
6:34 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown, Mass., Named 'DogTown USA(R) 2010' by Dog Fancy(R)

Candace, thanks for all your recent posts.  You don't need a press agent!
11:02 am edt 

School/Condom Issue

As many of you have read in today's Banner or will read, the school has
basically done what I have stated before. The changes they made are basically
nothing because like I have stated before "they are gonna do what they want".
The parents are still kept out and I do believe no age limit was set still. So
this goes to show you, the news/media who were getting the blame for making this
situation worse, really was not the case because then as far as I'm concerned,
the proper changes such as the age and/or grade issue would of had better
guidelines now. Parents, trust me, they have other motives for what they are
doing. Tell your kids to not get involved or they and maybe you will regret it.
10:59 am edt 

Dog Fountain

Geez Candace, what a smooth operator you are! Let me guess, you need
Bob Sandborn to support your doggy doo park and give you oodles of money for
that all too fancy doggy drinking fountain that you want to perch on Commercial
Street?

After your meeting of the mutual admiration society, I am sure that you and
"Bob" (wink wink) will surely have a meeting of the minds and the highly
anticipated funds will magically find their way into your grubby little paws (
um I mean hands) lickety split!

Candace, for your next feat, why don't you work on global warming? Better yet,
perhaps the heads of BP could press you into service and have you handle the
clean up efforts down in the Gulf? I'm quite sure that you are a woman who is
more than a match for a few measly miles of sludge! The Gulf of Mexico has
nothing on your classy doggy doo doo asylum!

Signed; Rover the mutt
(Sadly I'm just an undocumented alien at the Pilgrim Bark Park due to my lack of
papers, and breeding. sob, sob)
10:56 am edt 

TV Program

On July 6th there was a posting to be aired on July 13th at 8 PM.  I went to
Cable Channel 17 but they were airing a program about the medical profession and
psychiatry.

Was it on a different channel or did it not run?
10:54 am edt 

I am Worried About the Blogmaster

Could it be that he/she has a life outside the blog?  Mysterious, but just the
same, hope all is okay and worry is unwarranted.  

DeCon
10:53 am edt 

World War 1 Monument

Has anyone else noticed how filthy the base of the WW1 monument is on the corner
of town hall at Ryder Street?  It is absolutely filthy and an eyesore.  It's a
disgrace to our fallen war heros and veterans. Do you think DPW could give it a
good scrub?
10:51 am edt 

Town Work Hours

Perhaps, since we are reconsidering our "service hours" of town workers, we
could keep the recycling facilities open until 5PM.  I think we could get by
with one employee coverage from 1PM to 5PM.  I'm sure there are many people in
town that could benifit from a full day opening rather than the current 1/2
days.
10:50 am edt 

The Admiral is Smiling

I recently heard that Pier Corp board member Kerry Adams was most
displeased at the lack of decorations adorning the pier immediately prior to the
Blessing of the Fleet. Obviously not one to sit idly by, he made things happen
and Presto! Portuguese Flags sprang up all along the walkway! They were a truly
Breathtaking site to behold.

Not to be outdone by that spectacular display, the Fourth and the American flags
look mighty, regal and festive in their setting. Bravo to the Pier folks for
adding a real sense of pride and beauty to Mac Millan Wharf.

I'm sure that somewhere the Admiral is smiling and as grateful as the rest of
us!!!

Love it!

10:49 am edt 

Adams Admirer?

Could the Adams admirer name five  concrete things that Mr Adams has
done on the pier that
are deserving of such kudos?

Please be specific. Thank you.
10:47 am edt 

Mr Adams

Will the Town or the Pier Corp., be libel for Mr. Adams wearing the Harbor
Master,s shirt & hat?
10:46 am edt 

"Walk The Line"?

While biking through the west end today I overheard some tourists
wondering aloud what the "walk the line" signs are supposed to mean.

Can we get rid of these embarrassing, foolish signs already and replace them
with something that makes more sense? Preferably something in a more pleasant
color palette.
10:45 am edt 

Re: Public Dog Fountain

I just read this!
"
The VSB recognizes the importance of expanding Provincetown's pet
tourism infrastructure. They unanimously voted to transfer $4500 to the public 
drinking water fountain for dogs on the lawn of Town Hall!"

Come on! I thought we were trying to make money through tourism not spend it.
Can't pet owners buy water for their dogs? Can't we build a pay station?  So we
spend almost 5K so dogs have access to free water while our water bills are
rising and we are facing a major water crisis!


10:44 am edt 

Sign Me Up Too!

Oh my God! Now a Board volunteer is outed for "answering the phone"?
What next, speaking to member of the public? Saints preserve us!!

If riding in the electric car and answering the phone rise to the level of
improper activity, then hell, sign me up too!

You go Kerry! You have a great many supporters in this town who think you're
doing a fine job. You wear many hats and do much for our town so I for one say
thanks! Let those among the accusers who are without sin, cast the first stone!

What?

No stones?

Boy, ain't that a mouthful??!!

Go figure!
10:42 am edt 

Grace Goveia Dog Poop Heaven

People are letting their dogs do their business at the Grace Goveia building and
they don't pick up after their dog. The poor guy who is mowing in the past,
would have to put sticks to show where these dogs go.

Will the ten dog owners on these streets please pick up after your dog. When you
see a dog being walked on Standish or Alden Street, you know that it is one of
these owners who is a selfish pig. Shame on you.
10:39 am edt 

Best Work Days For Town Employees

Three day workweek. Saturday, Sunday, and Friday or Monday. That's when
everybody else is busy and would be the most productive days.
10:37 am edt 

Provincetown, Mass., Named 'DogTown USA(R) 2010' by Dog Fancy(R) Magazine
 
Contest sponsored by WAHL® Clipper Corp. profiles the nation's top 40
dog-friendly cities in the September issue
IRVINE, Calif., July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Dog Fancy, the world's most widely read
dog magazine, has named Provincetown, Mass., the winner of the 2010 DogTown USA
competition, saluting it as America's most dog-friendly city.

This year's contest, sponsored by WAHL® Clipper Corp., named the Top 40
dog-friendly cities across the U.S. in honor of Dog Fancy's 40th anniversary
celebration. The criteria used to select the winning city include plenty of
dog-friendly open spaces and dog parks, events celebrating dogs and their
owners, ample veterinary care, abundant pet supply and other services, and
municipal laws that support and protect all pets.

"All dog owners know of a few local shops or restaurants that allow dogs, but it
is remarkable to have an entire town where virtually every establishment opens
its doors to dogs  even the bank," says Ernie Slone, Dog Fancy editor. "Where
else can you take your dog along for a whale-watching or sunset cruise, walk
miles of off-leash scenic beaches year-round and enjoy one of the nation's
finest dog parks? Provincetown nearly swept our major awards this year, with its
Pilgrim Bark Park finishing at No. 2 in our national ratings of dog parks.''

Rounding out the top 10 cities are:

Carmel, Calif.
Madison, Wis.
Benicia, Calif.
Fort Bragg, Calif.
Lincoln City, Ore.
San Diego, Calif.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Salem, Ore.


Slone will travel to Provincetown to present the city with this top honor.

For the complete story on DogTown USA and to see which cities made the list,
pick up the September issue of Dog Fancy, on newsstands July 27, 2010.
10:36 am edt 

Crazy

Take a look at the Freeman Library, it is
rotting away. The Town owns so many
properties in disrepair. The last thing
we need is to buy  Fisherman's Wharf.

No way Jose
10:34 am edt 

Town Wide Building Inventory

We voted $300,000 to have an assessment done of all of the town owned buildings.
Once we get all of this information, then the town may decide which to sell and
which to refurbish.

None are adequate for a new police Headquarters. The best solution is to build a
new police headquarters down by the DPW. It makes the most sense. Do it once and
do it right--no more jerry-rigging of some existing building.
10:33 am edt 

Tony Jackett is the Best

and he is not a four day I'm Here and Then Gone employee. He is always on the
flats during clamming season, always present at the Shellfish Committee, and
filled with good ideas. But just look at the others! If you can find them! What
a group of self-interested indidividuals concerned about their Fridays off! This
union needs a reality check.
10:31 am edt 

Pay Station:

Well folks...  So far the pay station on Ryder street is out of service more
that it is working!  It breaks down at least 2-3times a week.  Which means.... 
if the Parking Adm is off, he needs to be called in...  So... who pays that
fair?  How is he compensated ?  I thought the purpose of the pay station was to
make money?  How is that happening when it is never working?

Can anyone answer....  Furthermore, why are the meters always out of service. 
How can the Parking Adm be, meter repairman, parking adm and parking ticket
hearings officer?  That sounds like a conflict to me? 
10:30 am edt 

Chickens and Foxes

"I checked it for myself and the engine is
absolutely fine!'"


AND WHO MIGHT BE 'I' PRINCESS? THE FOX THAT IS GUARDING THE CHICKEN COOP?
10:29 am edt 

Does the Town Manager Answer the Chief's Phone?

No, of course not! Maybe Adams should leave his insurance business and apply for the Harbormaster's job! Clearly he is spending more time on the pier than servicing his insurance
accounts! Going to Byron & Sullivan!
10:27 am edt 

5 Day Work Week

I too would prefer that town employees work a 5 day week. AND the
transfer station(dump) hours should be changed. To open at 7 A.M. and close at
1:00 P.M. is not helpful for people doing yard work or landscaping companies. It
should be opened until 5 P.M. like Truro and probably most towns. Please Sharon,
consider maiking this change also. Thanks.
10:25 am edt 

Kerry Adams

Whatever Adams is doing on MacMillan Pier, he has no business wearing
a HARBORMASTER'S    OFFICIAL    UNIFORM! Stop this inappropriate wardrobe chose
Adams! 
10:23 am edt 

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Kudos to Mr Adams

As a resident tax payer and one who is regularly on our pier, I say
kudos to Mr Adams. His hands on approach at Mac Millan Pier is a breath of fresh
sea air Its nice to see a

volunteer that isn't afraid to get their hands dirty!

Who cares if he answers the phone?

Sheeeesh!
11:46 pm edt 

Town Employees Get Paid Well

I don't know Mr. Jackett but I've heard he's done a great job for Provincetown. 
I wouldn't be surprised if he applied for the MIS job in the neighborhing town
should it become available. As for several, there have been police officers, DPW
workers to just name a few.  It doesn't matter if they left two weeks ago or a
few years ago.  Try and get it -- more money less travel.
10:19 pm edt 

Re: Town Employees Get Paid Well

Your post is myopic. You mention several employees who have left, yet only
mention two... one of whom left years ago and was replaced by Beau Jackett who
has performed miracles FYI, several is three or more.

The town's finance director quit because she was offered a position closer to
home. Money was a motivating factor, however, the commute made her decision.

Town employees are servants, and while compensation is important, so is their
responsibility.

Town residents, irrespective of whether or not they live here for a day or a
year, deserve the services of the town, which cannot be parceled out in doses.
9:03 pm edt 

Slow Down....Please!

The Town Manager and Select people need to stop and think before buying
yet another piece of run down property. DO NOT BUY CABRAL's Wharf... it is
falling down and needs millions of dollars worth of fixing to be a viable, money
making, operation.

I implore all of you to really think before you do something that will have
lasting disastrous, financial ramifications for this town. Let's just take care
of what we already have. With the HS closing and the need to address the police
station, lets just take it slow and easy. How about a 5-10 year master plan?
Slow down, you're moving too fast!

PJ
8:59 pm edt 

To: Webmater

RE:4 Day Work Week Don't Work

The grammatical errors were intentional; a matter of style! As was the "s/he" as
to not disclose the person.

Thank you,
8:57 pm edt 

Re: Cabral's Wharf

Yes! there is too much on the plate to deal with Cabral's warf. Let a
private developer take it on. Don't tell me there aren't enough controls in
place to allow it to work for the benefit of all.
7:44 pm edt 

Big Project After Bigger Project

Stop. Enough buying and fixing up. Enough overrides for these mega projets. Fix
what you have. Don't even look any further to purchase any other properties--and
this includes Cabral's Wharf--until you have fixed Town Hall, the Library and
the other buldings falling apart. You still have to handle MacMillan Pier better
than you do before you dare buy another one.

Adult thinking and a level of seriousness would help.
7:43 pm edt 

This Town Remains a Small Town

And town employees do small town work. They should work five days and have
regular hours and do regular work. They are compensated enough. If they want to
leave for another town, go right ahead. Advertise for new hirees. They will
come.

Enough of this game playing. Do what most towns in America do: work five days
and be there five days for twon residents, tourists and voters.

The present system is mad, wrong, and does not work for us. While town emplyees
are sitting on their bums on Fridays, many residents are looking for
information, guidance, and permits when no one is there to help. Just a crazy
approach that needs radical change to what it had been. It was not broke.
7:42 pm edt 

4 Day Work Week Was Always a Great Deal For the town Employees

It was never a great deal for the town residents, business owners or
taxpayers. And to top it off many departments close for 1 hour for lunch. 
Between the 4 day work week and the 1 hour lunch closing it is hardly convenient
to do business at town hall.
5:57 pm edt 

Cabral's Wharf

It is absurd that the town wants to buy Cabral's wharf.  Let a private
developer purchase the wharf.  The town has enough on it's plate that it does
not need another costly project.  How about just starting by paving Commercial
Street?

5:54 pm edt 

Buying Cabral's Wharf

Is it in the best interest of the town to buy Cabral's wharf? won't it have to
be rebuilt? Is it better to have a private person buy it? Or should the town buy
it to control it?

Fire Rex first--then buy Cabral's.
5:18 pm edt 

Inspection Station:

Fay's Automotive right here in town is now an Inspection Station. It's just off
Shankpainter Rd. on the side street across from Stop and Shop.
5:17 pm edt 

Sunday Cape Cod Times 7-11-10

Just finished my first cup of coffee reading the Cape Cod Times.  Intereting
reads.
Section B: B4 A LAW WITH NO TEETH.  Marijuana possession statute must be
amended.  No enforcement on collecting fines.

Same page under LETTERS: What it would mean to pay minimum wage to teachers -
California.

B5 - Public Libraries: We lost them at our peril.

Now on my second cup; post first and then on to reading the blog.
12:42 pm edt 

4 Day Work Week Does Not Work

I'm supportive of Town employees and think they should have gotten the
negotiated raise. The town workers I interact with regularly are hard working
and helpful. I would guess that I'm on a first name basis with at least 30 of
them. Of that number all are competent and diligent, save one who I would
describe as plain dumb but she too probably meets the minimum qualifications
for the position.    

That being said, I was at the trailers just after 5PM the week before the 4th of
July weekend. Except for campers, there were 5 cars and one bicycle in the whole
parking lot.

The proposal to keep the 4 day work week but staff the offices 5 days will only
make things worse.
12:00 pm edt 

Re: Public Pier Corporation

Candace Nagle led the charge against Rex McKinsey and the Harborasters
claiming falsely that the Marine 2 engine had "siezed." Wrong Candace! The
engine overheated as engines sometimes do! Get your "facts' staight, BEFORE you
post your craziness on the blog! I checked it for myself and the engine is
absolutely fine!

Oh and FYI Candy, Mr. Adams as a volunteer member of the Pier Corp board is
considered a special town employee. As a member of the Personel Committee for
the Pier Corp, it is also his job to evaluate the staff. It might not come as a
big surprise that he spends time on the pier looking after the employees and
their tasks. He spends time on the boat with the staff, goes with staff on the
pump out boat, etc. He is an asset to the Pier Corp. Too bad none of the other
directors see fit to follow his example. He is a good leader.

Snooky
10:53 am edt 

Town Employees Get Paid Well

Not so.  We have lost several great competent employees over the last several
years to other towns because they pay more.  Truro police make more than P'town,
our first MIS Director went to Truro because they offered more money and did we
not just loose the Finance Director to Chatham because Chatham pays more and the
hours are less.

So, let me understand what you are saying, second time home buyers, who collect
a big rent during the summer for their places on a weekly basis but don't live
hear year-round nor do they vote here want to be able to take a long weekend
themselves and come down for probably two or three weeks at different times of
the year to use their place want to be able to come into town hall on a Friday
and can't because they are closed. 

Gee, I feel really sorry for them as they laugh their way to the bank for the
$3,000.00 a week rent they are collecting while the rest of the year-round
population are struggling to make it here.
10:50 am edt 

Re: Russell Braun

Anyone can read in this week's Banner about Braun failing to note a
10' from the street for the art house's new ticket booth when issuing a building
permit... But hey a handicap ramp has to be torn out because it is ONE inch off? 
But the booth is STILL there.

Time to really take a look at Herr Braun.
9:49 am edt 

They Get Compensation: They Don't Need A Day Off and a Free Lunch

Town employees get paid well. Theya re compensated. We need services for a five
day work week. This is what is done in most towns in this country. Just like our
experimental vacuum sewere system that should never have been installed, this
four day work week to please the town employes at our expense should never have
been instituted. It does not work. And with so many second home owners coming
here on the weekends when no one is around and the offices are closed, does this
make any sense? It is illogical and malfunctions.

Do what other towns and other town managers do. Eight to Five. five days a week.
Free time is the weekend, not Fridays to play.
9:46 am edt 

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Russell Braun

The very first day Braun came to work as Building Inspector I knew we
were all in for trouble. I just felt that he didn't belong in a job that
requires having to listen to people, and then helping them. He is a good talker,
but he is not a good communicator. Then when he applied for the job as Building
Commissioner to replace the outgoing Matt Mulvy, Sharon was told by Matt not to
hire him for the job for the same reason; among others.

And as you probably can guess I have a lot of contact with the Building
Department, and over the last few years I have seen first hand many instances of
the type of behavior and unbalanced treatment of people and situations that are
being described here concerning Braun.

To his credit I have also seen some things improve down here in the basement,
and those things are mainly internal. And some of that translates into better
customer service. But overall I think this man is a failed experiment and we all
would be better off without him.

Does Sharon have reason to fire him? No, I doubt that. But I think she has
enough cause to not renew his contract when it comes up.

A Rat In The Basement
8:07 pm edt 

East End Beach Seaweed

The seaweed on the east End beach comes in on the tide. Because of the
shape of the Cape and the ocean currents, all of the seaweed and other trash in
the Bay gets washed up on our beach. When the tide and currents are right, all
of the seaweed you see today will be gone.


A Rat In The Basement
8:05 pm edt 

Four Day Work Week

I am a second time home buyer. I don't live here year-round and this is my
interpretation. We live in the land of the free; not in the land of slavery. 
Why not try to please both the public and the employees.  Why not compromise and
have a half day on Fridays. I checked the town book to see what different
positions pay. What about  those town employees that have more than a 40 hour
work week, do we compensate them because I could not find where they are paid
overtime - their salary is what it is.  Are we going to compensate them in some
way?  There are a few positions where the individual in that position, from what
I can see, is doing the work of three people. It appears, from the Selectman's
meetings I've attended, the Assistant Town Manager is doing the work of several
people.  I've also seen him at the Historic District Commission meetings I've
attended.

Several months ago I made an appointment with the Permit Coordinator to go over
my proposed project.  She was constantly being interrupted by the phone, two
other women came in a few times to tell her she was needed at the counter when
she was done. The phone rang again, she excused herslef to answer the phone and
proceded to tell me that was accounting looking for payroll. 

I asked her if we could focus on what I was trying to discuss with her without
any further interruptions and could she just let the phone ring. 

She was very thorough in walking me through the zoning and historic bylaws and
told me my proposed project would require having to go before both of those
boards. She referred me to the Health Agent regarding my questions about septic,
to the Building Commissioner for the construction and to the Assistant Assessor
to apply for building scale and explained a little bit about what that meant.
The Health Agent, the Building Commissioner and the Assistant Assessor were also
very helpful to me. I decided to attend a couple of zoning and historic meetings
to observe. I was surprised to see the Permit Coordinator at these meetings
handing out files. I must say I had nothing but a good experience in my dealings
with those departments for my project.  Again, I am a second time homeowner who
does not live here year-round and I managed to work around the four-day work
week. I'm sure others can make arrangements to do the same.

As for my experience with town employees from what I witnessed, they deserve
compensation and if it's Friday's that's fine with me.
8:03 pm edt 

Re: Emergency on Pier

I heard it was at Cabrals Marina and it was a fire under the pier.  Is this
true?
8:00 pm edt 

Rte 6 Service Station

There a machine that is used to tell when a vehicle passes or fails. I know they
do check for things such as balled tires, front end alignment, ball joints, but
a dent in a license plate; that's a bit much.  As a previous blogger stated,
make your call to the Attorney Generals office.  The garage is supposed to give
you in writing what passed and what failed, vyou should have that documentation. 

7:59 pm edt 

Pier Emergency?

Fire on the pier last night?!!! Anyone have anymore info!
7:58 pm edt 

Channel 18

So, provincetown has a second cable channel. Its channel 18.
For the last 3 days, i get a picture but no sound at all.

Do i need some secret code?


Slippery Clam
7:57 pm edt 

4 Day Work Week

Close Town Hall on Wednesdays..
7:55 pm edt 

Agreed About the Rt. 6 Service Station

They tried to fail my vehicle because it had a dent on the license plate.Go
Figure-I went to Orleans and passed -no problem.
3:28 pm edt 

Emergency on Pier?

Does anyone know what happened on the pier last night?  There were at
least 4 emergency vehicles out there.

Thanks
3:26 pm edt 

Re: Concerned Citizen and Voter
 
Apology accepted.
3:25 pm edt 

Rt. 6 Car Inspection

I had my car inspected at a service station in Truro on Rt 6 and it
was rejected.  They passed the car last year and since then it has been driven
less than 500 miles.  After being rejected I took the car to another service
station.  The reason the car was failed was not correct according to the second
station.  Stay away from the inspection station on Rt 6                               

1:05 pm edt 

The Four Day Work Week Was Not A Town Vote

It was arbritary and Sharon Lynn installed this failed system in order to give
town employees monies when the town vote went against the 3% town employee
raises. So don't say go to town meetings. This was a management mismanged
decision. and now the union feels entitled to four days. So they are not giving
up the four day work week but will find some crazy rotation system so that town
hall is open five days but only some will be there each day.

This still makes no sense. And the union has no right to demand the four day
work week for all employees. It is a failed and mismanaged system. and with
holidays, they work a three day work week. And they get paid lunch on us!

Sharon, please think through your implusive I-Want-To-Please-Town Employees's
actions. Better to please us the residents then constantly trying to please town
employees.

It does not work. Go back to a regular five day eight hour work week. This is a
tourist town and we need services during all five days by all town employees.
This is not rocket science!
12:45 pm edt 

Bay Beach Seaweed

The bay beach in the East End across from the Cape Inn is disgusting.
There are two foot high piles of seaweed everywhere. I understand that some
seaweed is inevitable at the beach but why is there so much at this time of the
year? It makes it pretty impossible to use the beach or swim. Does this have an
effect on tourism? Doesn't the town own a beach rake? Maybe some of the DPW
workers who people have stated have "nothing to do" could come and rake the
beach.

Just sayin'
12:42 pm edt 

Rt.: 6 Car Inspection

Rt. 6 Inspection issues need to be reported to the Attorney General's
office, just posting on the blog will not get the job done. Call the Atty
General to put a stop to this practice.

Nadine
12:40 pm edt 

It's 10:46 am 7/10/10

Why are private haulers picking up trash on commercial
street at this hour? Hope they get to the dump before
it closes.

Stinky
12:38 pm edt 

Re: DPW.............Question ?

I have lived here for 17 years year round. Could someone tell me just WHAT DOES
THE DPW ACTUALLY DO ?

The high school parking lot looks like a dump weeds everywhere, Standish street
weeds growing out of cracks, the hill on Bradford street is overrun with a very
invasive weed that many people think this a tree it's not a tree at all it is a
Chinese weed these weeds are known to puncture septic tanks and if left to grow
could bust through sewer lines, this weed is all over town  if it makes it to
beach forest it will smother and choke out the natural species. mechanic street
is littered with filth from the top to the bottom. I have never seen them clean
a storm drain... our town streets look like crap... So just what is it they
do... every town meeting we vote to give the 50k for sidewalks and storm drains
where is that money being spent ????? not to mention the post office and bank
parking lot {not the DPWS} job on that one.... Is this really how we want people
to see our town ? it's filthy. Someone please tell me what do they do ???? I
never see anyone of them working on any!thing....Maybe we should form a
committee and clean up our streets like we have to do with the beaches and cut
the DPWS budget since they don't do damn thing1
4:07 pm edt 

Webmaster Comment: This posting has been repeated as per request.
10:33 am edt 

To: Webmaster

Could you please re post my article about what does the dpw
do ? people need to see this
10:24 am edt 

Rt. 6 Inspection Station

Folks should be aware that there is a local Inspection Station out on
Rt. 6 that is making fraudulent rejections and then trying to charge Ptowners
and Truro folk top dollar for "repairs." A friend took her car to them (which is
in fine condition--no problems at all) and they told her a bold lie and rejected
her vehicle. She then went to a reputable mechanic to have the supposed problem
assessed and guess what? No problems whatsoever! Then the "inspector" kept
calling her and calling her saying, "Oh, we have that replacement part in. When
are you coming?"  This is bad, bad business and it's illegal. Moreover, it's not
an isolated incident. Bottom line: beware of this inspection station because
they're out to cheat unsuspecting people.
10:23 am edt 

Pet Friendly

Pet friendly hotels and motels are great for people who love pets,and are
not allergic to pet dander. I love animals, but wouldn't want to stay in a room
where a pet stayed, the smell is hard to get out. Just like smoking.
9:27 am edt 

Russell Braun

Re Herr Braun  Defamation of charatacter suits only work when what is
stated is not true.  What he did in my business is very true and the fact that
he arbitrarily enforces things is also very true.  If it came to proving what I
said, it would be 100% possible since the same intallation that was forced upon
me is not in every business in town It was selective in its nature and can be
proven. 
9:25 am edt 

Concerned Citizen and Voter

Got out of work a little while ago. If you read my comments correctly, I don't
have any intention of filing any suits.  I don't know Mr. Braun; I don't own a
boat (can't afford one) so I don't know the Harbormaster and I don't own my own
home (I'm a tenant) so I don't know who works for the DPW.  However, I would
like to thank them for picking up my trash faithfully. And, I don't know the
keepers of the blog.  I merely stated that I thought I would be able to read
more about town government with respect to the Mission Statement. As one poster
suggested, I should read the minutes from the different committees and I will do
just that after the summers end as I work two jobs during the summer months.
I've only lived in town for a couple of years and I thought now would be a good
time for me to become interested in the community in the town I have chosen to
settle down in.
The Blog was suggested to me by a friend.
4:56 am edt 

DPW!

"Sad But True, If you were born here" and so on as your comment states.

Are you kidding me!  Take a look around, how many town employees really work for
the town that were born here. Where is here?  Do you mean in the United States
because it certainly isn't Provincetown.
4:54 am edt 

Town Workers and Three Day Week

A blogger who just wrote on here about town workers having a three day
week, most likely did not read this weeks news  that the town manager and
selectmen are going to have town offices be open 5 days a week once again. Be at
the fall special town meeting if you think it was a bad idea.
4:52 am edt 

Friday, July 9, 2010

Re: Concerned Citizen and Voter

When are you going to file a defamation of character suit against the people
criticizing Russell Braun or do your threats only apply to the people who
complain about your chosen few? Maybe the leash is too loose.
11:24 pm edt 


"I have lived here for 17 years year round. Could someone tell me just
WHAT DOES THE DPW ACTUALLY DO
?"

As LITTLE as they can!
Don't be surprised, be offended. If you think Sharon Lynn actually runs
everything in town, think again...
David Guertin may be department head, but he is just too busy           
         from the sewer company to deal with things like garbage etc.
The real power lies with a woman named Sandy Turner. Now, Miss Sandy has control
of all DPW employee departments; highway, dump, custodians, not forgetting the
so called "building and grounds" who spend the summer sleeping in the cemetery,
It's all about power, money, and overtime...needless to say, Overtime Rules and
Miss Sandy controls it all. If you wonder about overgrown hedges and weeds, and
question why the town is such a mess and where your tax dollars go, call
Sandy.
Sad but true, if you were born here then the "town" Must pay you for the rest of
your life...DPW is Welfare for them and they take great pride in doing as Little
as can.
I remain,
The Only Pebble on the Beach...
11:05 pm edt 

Re: Cupcake Man

If it is a concern, why doesn't the licensing board check out whether he has a
permit or not? 
10:54 pm edt 

Pet Tourism in Ptown!

Why would anyone traveling with a dog who wanted to visit Cape Cod chose
anywhere but Provincetown! We just got back our off leash beach rights last
year. and have one of the best dog parks in the country.

Thanks Candace! My pet friendly rooms at my inn are not only full these last two
years, I am increasing them from 6 to 10! So, yeah as a pet friendly B & B, I am
benefiting by pet tourism in Ptown!
10:53 pm edt 

Town Hall Flips Off Residents/Tourists Alike...

Provincetown has evolved into a tourist town with an elitist attitude. And I'm
not talking about the tourists. I'm referring to the town staff.

Case in point: Having just been faced with an increase in meals and rooms taxes,
what "extras" does the tourist get? Absolutely nothing.

Next, we have the obvious example of entitlement by town employees: town hall is
closed three days a week (and in some cases, four days). That's not counting the
hour lunch break, early closures for staff preparation and counting of all of
the money. What does the resident/tourist get from town hall? Full service four
days a week, on an abbreviated work schedule that accommodates the worker, not
the resident/visitor. That's a great message to send from the town officials of
a major tourist town.

Clearly, the town has set the new limit for entitlement. Perhaps the chamber of
commerce should close on weekends too to join forces with our tourist-friendly
town hall. Let's reinforce the message that we mean business: monday through
thursday, and not a minute beyond.

And while we're at it, the ferry companies should discontinue service on
week-ends and holidays. They need to join the three-day week-end party. After
all, who cares about promoting Provincetown?

Tourism requires all stakeholders to participate in providing customer
service.... not just those who think its good for business.

Provincetown's elected officials need to raise the bar if they really think this
town is worthy of all of the acclaim it purports to deserve. Being an historic
town requires more than promotion. It endures the test of time with continued
commitment, not a four-day work week. The vine is withering, and no one will be
left to pay the tax because, quite frankly my dear, no one gives a damn.
10:51 pm edt 

Re: Cupcake Man

I see this man every night, but I always wonder is this even legal ? does he
have a permit ? their not covered no sneeze guard ..it's food for GOD sake just
kept out in the open.. did he appear before the licensing board or zoning ?
...but their giving the man who wants to have a hot dog stand such a hard time
???? what the f ...is going on
7:46 pm edt 

Re: Russell Braun

I have a little guy Herr Braun story too.  A condo association did not
want an old sealed up door opened.  The unit owners who bought the unit that way
went and got permits anyway.  The condo association was threatened by master
Braun that every condo in the building would have to install a second "egress"
as he called it where no doors presently existed if they didn't allow the sealed
door for decades to be reopened.  To top it off, it was an 1850's condo
converted building.  Talk abvout abuse of power.  I bet there are a lot of
little guy stories out there where Braun did the same thing.  Sick of him.  Like
the Rip Van Winkle analogy too.  That's right on.
7:45 pm edt 

Pets in Provincetown

"Pets are important to many people and I believe it
helps Provincetown as a pet friendly destination."

Totally agree. We go where our dog is welcome.
6:54 pm edt 

Braun Does Seem to Like and Admire Big Developers With Big Buildings

Uneven enforcement is the worse. He's no great enforcer but I think those
writing are right: the little person gets the greater examination while big
projects interest him and they get away with murder.

Power is addictive and some like gaining more and more power while forgetting
that it is power for the good of the town--for power for one's own interests.
6:51 pm edt 

Cupcake Man!

My partner and I walked through town and up to Joe Coffee a couple of evenings
ago.  Someone told us to try Joe's because it was great!  On the way there, we
noticed there was someone who was selling a table full of delicious looking
cupcakes in the area of a food court.  I said to my partner, let's each buy one
and he said not now, on the way back down.

We were at Joe's for about 20 minutes and when we came back down the street the
Cupcake Man was gone.  I asked two women who were sitting on the bench if they
knew where he went because we wanted to buy a couple of cupcakes.  She said he
sold out of them so he left.

If you get the chance, buy a cupcake!  They really looked delicious!  We're
going to try again.
6:48 pm edt 

There is Much Truth in What She Said

I don't think Candace is off the mark with Provincetown being a
destination for people with pets. Many of my friends would not come here if they
could not bring their dogs. Have you taken a look lately? Every third person on
the street has a dog or two. I myself have two dogs. I am thankful that I can
bring them around town, into many of the businesses and be able to spend quality
time with them in the summer. Pets are important to many people and I believe it
helps Provincetown as a pet friendly destination. Just ban pets from Ptown and
see what I mean.

PJ
6:19 pm edt 

DPW

Trees are overgrown everywhere in town.  Alot of the fire hydrantS blocked by
overgrowth...  These are just a few of the things that need to be taken care
of...  Who does one need to tell to get this accomplished?  These are things you
can obviously see in your travels....

As they are riding around, can't they just take care of these things?
6:17 pm edt 

Re: New Hires

"There have been several new hires by the town-not just one. I don't
know if it is 3 or 4 new people both male and female.
"

Tell us which positions?  No one can be hired and paid unless authorized in the
budget via town meeting vote. If the residents voted for new positions then
blame the residents.
5:36 pm edt 

Re: Public Dog Fountain

The VSB recognizes the importance of expanding Provincetown's pet
tourism infrastructure. They unanimously voted to transfer $4500 to the public 
drinking water fountain for dogs on the lawn of Town Hall!


Bite Us!
5:35 pm edt 

Re: Russell Braun

Had the same problem with Heir Braun that you had with a step.  I own
a business and can't go into it too much because I am actually afraid that he
will come back and do something else to me.  He made me install something that I
really did not need and had never been a question with the two other building
inspectors. When I go into other businesses in town, they were spared the same
thing that I had to install.  In other words, completely selective
enforcement...Equating him with a dictator is right on the mark. I have even
seen contractors in town say quick get it done before Russell gets here and
screws things up.  He is arbitrary with enforcement and it's mostly at the
little guy ...big projects have deep pockets.  Hopefully Sharon wakes up
someday.  Too many Rip van winkles in town hall
4:10 pm edt 

Question

I have lived here for 17 years year round. Could someone tell me just WHAT DOES
THE DPW ACTUALLY DO ?
The high school parking lot looks like a dump weeds everywhere, Standish street
weeds growing out of cracks, the hill on Bradford street is overrun with a very
invasive weed that many people think this a tree it's not a tree at all it is a
Chinese weed these weeds are known to puncture septic tanks and if left to grow
could bust through sewer lines, this weed is all over town  if it makes it to
beach forest it will smother and choke out the natural species. mechanic street
is littered with filth from the top to the bottom. I have never seen them clean
a storm drain... our town streets look like crap... So just what is it they
do... every town meeting we vote to give the 50k for sidewalks and storm drains
where is that money being spent ????? not to mention the post office and bank
parking lot {not the DPWS} job on that one.... Is this really how we want people
to see our town ? it's filthy. Someone please tell me what do they do ???? I
never see anyone of them working on any!
thing....Maybe we should form a committee and clean up our streets like we have
to do with the beaches and cut the DPWS budget since they don't do damn thing1
4:07 pm edt 

Re: Candace Nagle

If Candace wants to exist in her weird little doggie world, I suppose
that is her perogative, but honestly, can she please stop trying to convince the
citizens of Provincetown that "pet tourism" is a viable source of income for the
town.

As another blogger stated, her statistics are pointless and prove nothing other
than the fact that more people own pets these days. That isn't going to transfer
into dollars for Provincetown, no matter how many dog monuments she erects.

As others have stated in previous posts, if she really cares about animals, why
not do something good for the dying wildlife in the gulf or other truly needy
animals? She has proven her skills as a fundraiser, why not channel that energy
into something useful instead of these vanity projects?

4:04 pm edt 

Threats!

"If people don't care what they write and want to take the chance of a
law suit and the blog being subpeoned (sic), then that's their business."


Here we go again with threats trying to stifle free speech.

If any blogger wants to be completely sure their inputs to this blog can never
be traced, by subpoena or however, Google "cloak IP" or "anonymous surfing" and
use a free anonymous service that does not keep on file or pass on your PC's IP
address, and thus cannot be traced.

So much for your threats.

1:57 pm edt 

JUNK CARS:

Does anyone know if there is a junk car/boat/camper by-law in town and who the 
enforcing agent is?  THis town is starting to look like Appalacia with all of 
the  junk cars, boats, campers and junk, like the         property.
12:07 pm edt 

Affordable Housing Tenants

Some landlords give their tenants $100 to allow the landlord to show the
apartment while the current tenant is still there to ensure a quick transition.

These affordable housing tenants must really trash their apartments if it takes
MONTHS to get the apartments in shape to be rented again.

Shame on the affordable housing tenants for trashing their apartments. There is
no other excuse.
12:05 pm edt 

Concerned Citizen and Voter

I am well aware of the Constitution, the Preamble to the Constitution, Freedom
of Speech, Anti-Defamation League, etc., etc.

I just think that some of the writings on the blog could lead to what we all
know and have heard at some time or another and that is the term; Oh, I'm being
slapped with a law suit for "Defamation of Character". 

If people don't care what they write and want to take the chance of a law suit
and the blog being subpeoned, then that's their business.
12:04 pm edt 

Gucci?

Would someone please open a Gucci store in town?
12:02 pm edt 

Another Take on Dogs

Of all the wonderful reasons to come to Provincetown, they let me
bring my poodle, is now one of them. the data although compelling still seems to
me a bunch of statistics that lack meaning. aside from peeing on my fence what
are these little critters up to in town? shopping? dining out? clubbing? renting
a boat? going on a whale watch? or just doing the stroll back and forth on
commercial street? if you didn't know that more people now have pets you were
blind, but really, a new tourist segment they are not. name one business that
has opened due to the onslaught of fur? 
12:00 pm edt 

New Positions

There have been several new hires by the town-not just one. I don't know if it
is 3 or 4 new people both male and female.
11:57 am edt 

Russel Braun Has Some Real Head Problems

He'll go around and make
you change something that has already been installed and improved by the last
building commissioner, like a step to your house, and yet huge violations go
unnoticed.  Just question him on the slightest thing and he'll have your house
scrutinized.  It's like Nazi Germany with Herr Braun.  Heil Braun
11:55 am edt 

Building Commissioner:

Does anyone oversee that he does his job?  There is so much building without
proper permits..  Instead, he is worried about the small odd jobs people do.....
12:44 am edt 

Who is the New Heavy Set worker at the DPW? Is he Full or Part-time?

Rumor has it heis fulltime?  Did the town really need another worker in this
crisis?  Have you ever gone out there at 10AM?
12:31 am edt 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Re: "PetPet Tourism? If That's an Economic Landslide For the Town I Need a Reality Check."

Respectfully, you do need a reality check:

Nearly 70 million U.S. household have a least one peta sizeable and lucrative
market segment for the travel and tourism industry, said AAA Publishing
executive editor Bill Wood.  Weve seen a significant growth in the number of
pet-friendly hotels, up 28 percent since 1999, and a widening scope of services,
activities and treats for four legged tourists and their human companions.
According to the Travel Industry Association (TIA), 29 million travelers have
taken a pet with them on a trip in the past three years, and 29% stayed in
hotels and motels with their pets. Dogs are the most common type of pet to take
along (78%), with cats a distant second (15%), according to the TIA. In
addition, of the people who said that a hotels pet policy made and impact on
their decision of where to stay, 35% said it was the most important factor in
their decision.

Candace
3:30 pm edt 

Re: Stop & Shop

Re: Stop & Shop 
Why should the town pay to keep Town employees hydrated? I work out in the heat
all day and know one buys my refreshments!
3:25 pm edt 

Re: Stop & Shop

I JUST HEARD THAT THE TOWN OF PROVINCETOWN TRIED TO CHARGE 5 CASES OF
GATORADE FOR THEIR CREW THATS OUTSIDE IN THIS HEAT,TO HELP KEEP THEM
HYDRATED,AND WAS FLATLY REFUSED BY THE STOP AND SHOP MANAGER.!!!!  WTF??? NOW
THATS WHAT I CALL POOR MANAGEMENT!!  I'M SURE THE HEAD HONCHOS WILL HEAR OF THIS
ONE!!
12:45 pm edt 

Corruption? Developers?

Why was a local developer,                                     allowed to gut
rehab and do structural alterations to 2 commercial spaces on Commercial St
without permits? He did get a permit to replace a facade, but the rest of the
work was done with no engineers supervision, plans, or permits, or a license'd
builder. Also a handicap ramp was installed at a slope that does NOT meet code,
and there is no hand rail.   
12:43 pm edt 

Thanks to All Who Helped Us Celebrate with Fireworks

Thanks to a great team and hard working town residents whose work helped us all
celebrate a great Fourth. Thanks to Rick Murray, to Hersh and to all whose
dedication to this town led to a wonderful celebration. The town was filled with
visitors who seemed to have a great time as well as those of us who live here.

Again, a heartfelt thanks.
11:22 am edt 

November Ballot Repeal on Affordable Housing

The affordble housing law targeted for repeal on the ballot has been in place
since 1969. It lets builders bypass zoning restrictions if they set aside 25% of
their  units for residents who earl less than 80% of the communitiy's median
income.

(Remember the houses that were selling for a King's ransome a few years ago?
Well, you build 24 houses and sell 18 at a king's ransome and the other 6 you
sell at affordable housing prices. Why not consider this other scinario: if you
are in the affordable housing business, why not sell 6 at market price and 18 at
affordable housing price?)

John Belskis of Arlington who is leading the repeal drive, said it has failed to
significantly increase the number of affordable housing units in the state while
allowing developers to reap profts by building more housing than local
communities can support.

"It's a club, and it lines the pockets of the developers and bankers," he said.
They have a "challenge proof" number of signatures to put this on the November
ballot.
11:21 am edt 

Street Performers

Does anyone else think that the street performers are too loud this
year? it is pleasant to hear in passing but it must get on peoples nerves if
they live or work near that much noise
11:19 am edt 

To: Concerned Citizen and Voter

THE AMENDMENTS TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION SHOULD ANSWER YOUR UNQUALIFIED
QUESTIONS. FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IS ONE OF THE UNALIENABLE RIGHTS OF ALL
AMERICANS. WE HAVE FOUGHT, BLED, AND DIED TO PROTECT THESE RIGHTS FOR YOU. IF YOU
DO NOT LIKE THE POSTINGS RESUME YOUR PAST ACTIVITIES AND REMAIN QUITE. YOU HAVE
THE RIGHT TO PUBLISH YOUR OWN OPINIONS BUT DO NOT PLACE BLAME ON THE WEBMASTER
IF THE BLOGS DO NOT COINCIDE WITH YOUR PERSONAL OPINIONS. 
11:18 am edt 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Dogs in Coats

To all you dopes who insist on having your dogs wear coats in this
warm weather, because they look "cute", get over it. The dogs are way too hot
with these stupid looking jackets. Let them breathe and be dogs.
10:44 pm edt 

Seems You Need to Read Minutes of Meetings--Not Postings

If you want to know what happens at meetings, then read the minutes. Why would
you expect to find a listing of decisions and discussions of town boards here?
How boring that would be. Instead, go to the town site and read on---minutes
after minutes. You may fall asleep but you'll know what is going on.

10:42 pm edt 

Concerned Citizen and Voter

I have been reading the blog since it's creation and I must now write my reply
to those who write in.  Below is the Mission Statement of this blog when
originated or so most of us thought.  I don't see anything being accomplished
(at least through the postings) as to what the Mission Statement was to achieve. 
All I keep reading about is attacks on certain individuals.  While I don't know
the Webmaster personally, I'm disappointed that such inappropriate write-ins
would be allowed to be posted. This blog has certainly swayed away from the
original intent.

As for those of you who are writing in, shame on you, for this just shows your
childish, immature and ignorant behavior.

I have an evening job as a waiter that does not allow me to attend most evening
meetings such as Selectmen's meetings or Zoning Board meetings.  (It just so
happened that this evening I was fortunate enough to get out at 9 o'clock
because it was slow.)  I thought mission statement topics were the types of
postings I would be able to read about to keep me up to speed so when I attend
town meeting I would have some idea of what I was voting on. Also, I don't seem
to find on the blog where any of the goals were accomplished. Has there been
any?


Concerned Citizen
Regitered Voter                                 

10:15 pm edt 

Pet Tourism?

If that's an economic landslide for the town I need a
reality check. Dogs are cool but come on!
10:12 pm edt 

Oldest Profession

The only problem with being a whore in Provincetown is that a girl (or boy)
cannot make a living as the competition is giving it away.
10:11 pm edt 

Kudos All Around!

My daughter and I spent Saturday strolling through town. Kudos to the
two street performers...one white angel, one bronze statue...it was lovely to
watch. The crowds were friendly and polite. I felt sorry for the poor little
dogs who were in little coats...way too hot for that!
10:09 pm edt 

St. Judy

Wasn't Judy Mencher married to Roman Polanski on or about Nov. 2007? I'm sure I
saw something about a Mencher - Polaski nuptual. Wouldn't that make her a MRS?
3:24 pm edt 

Re: Innovative Taxe Source

Are these gay escorts male or female?
3:22 pm edt 

Re: St. Judy

Could there possibly be two Judy Menchers? While my Judy did not have the
appearance or demeanor of a Paris Hilton she certainly wasn't the devil in a
blue dress and she did have children with her although it was strictly my
assumption that were her grandchildren, by the manner with which she spoke to
them. Now that I think about it I'm sure she called the boy, Hans. If the girls
name was Gretel, I'd really be worried.
3:21 pm edt 

Re: Rent boys

Thank you for the info about "rent boys"! I'm looking for one. I have all of
this outside work that needs to be done and I'm too old and it is too hot for me
to do this work. Now I'll be able to hire someone to do it for me!
3:20 pm edt 

Re: Judy Mencher

All you have to do is Google "and gold bathroom" and
you'll easily find a picture which should squelch argument.  Nothing modular
here that's for sure.  Bangs St. Extension went down this gold plated toilet.
The only thing green about the project is the money to be raked in.  Maybe
another bathroom is needed.  Faboo, as the article says.      
3:19 pm edt 

You Obviously Talked to a different Mencher

Her grandchildren? I don't think so. Her mild demeanor. I don't think so. Her
concern for the neighborhood, I don't think so.

Wrong person. Wrong saint.
3:18 pm edt 

St Judy

Contrary to the prior post, Judy Mencher is a Ms not a Mrs, has no
grandchildren, is not elderly, and would hardly be described as having a mild
demeanor.  More made-up disinformation. Or, if were you trying to be funny, you
failed.
10:29 am edt 

Re: Tourism Director

Bob Sanborn, our Tourism Director, is an asset to Provincetown's
tourist based economy. The Provincetown Dog Park Association, Inc. has had a
productive working relationship with him to further promote pet tourism which is
helping our local economy. In fact, I recently sent a letter to our BOS and Town
Manager singing his praises. 

Bob has earned and deserves our respect and support unlike a couple of other
knuckleheads on the Town's payroll.

Candace
10:28 am edt 

Re: Gay Escorts

I really wasn't serious about taxing gay escorts, just pointing out
that there are lots that come to P-town for a week or two in the summer and pay
for that vacation with their services. Anyone can find them on any number of web
sites.I don't think there is a huge market  for straight escorts. But , if the
town taxed them all they have to do is similiar to how they find and tax rental
property: they go to cyberrental.com. Now they could go to rentboy.com or any
other site and find them. Personally, I do not like the idea of escorts and I do
not like that they focus on Provincetown in the summer,but this is where their
market is.
7:43 am edt 

Re: Tourism Director

If you have a problem with the tourism director, go talk to him.  He
does his job quite well.  It's quite apparent that you have the problem, not
him.  A part time job in this town means that they will pay you part time wages
and you will have a full time schedule plus.  42K for the hours he really works,
is underpayed.  Go find somethng else to pick on, like the harbormaster who is
really costing the town money.  Add up his monetary losses to the town, plus his
FULL time salary.  Then you have a real issue. 
7:41 am edt 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Alden Street Grid Lock

Have you tried turning onto Alden Street from the cemetery? The cabs are parked
on Alden street, someone's private car is on the street and someone is trying to
turn onto Alden street from the cemetery and someone from Alden street is trying
to turn down cemetery road. Grid lock. .HELP!

Drive down Alden street from the cemetery sometime and see the cabs sticking
out, guys talking with their doors open, bikes going by. A collision hot spot
waiting to happen.

I'm trying to get to seashore point and it is an obstacle course the whole
way--Ban the CABS!
11:21 pm edt 

Re: Gay Escorts

Will the person who suggested taxing the gay escorts please tell me
where he found them?  Also, would this person clarify whether he thinks that
straight escorts should also be taxed?  If yes, should the rate be the same for
all escorts "working" the town in these difficult times? 
11:19 pm edt 

Re: Developers & Town Officials

Very hot in her pocket, especially today.  and crowded.
11:17 pm edt 

Re: St. Judy

Why are people so negative concerning this elderly woman. I had one brief
encounter with her and I was taken aback with her mild demeanor and pleasant
attitude. When I questioned her about the Bangs St. development she replied that
her only concern was the welfare of her family and she acked solely on the
advice of her attorney. Her white hair and facial complexion obviously showed
the strain this affair was placing on her. The only disagreement I had with Mrs.
Mencher was trying to explain why her grandchildren should not drink out of the
dog fountain bowl. She seemed to object to the fact that if the dogs had the
right to use the bowl why couldn't the children use the same bowl.
11:16 pm edt 

Re: Tourism Director

Let's face it, if the Tourism Director could be making 250K he would
be. 42K seems to be fine compensation for a job that clearly isn't full time.
Especially for someone with no experience. Maybe 42K is too much.    
Quite frankly I don't think it is a plus that someone takes the job for the love
of the town. Even in a case where that might be vaguley true. They should have
the job because they have a proven track record of results in the industry.
Period. If it is business then it is business. 
      
Despite the pros and cons wouldn't experience in the tourism industry be
beneficial? Isn't half the town on it's knees waiting for a bare assed tourist
to show up?

My original question stands and the answer is no, he does not have experience.
Provincetown taxpayers deserve to have their money spent wisely.
11:14 pm edt 

Re: Saint Judy of Bangs

I heard that same story but took it for a joke. I appreciate a joke as well as
the next guy but not if it could cause harm.
Has anyone seen the swarm of mosquitos that come up out of that wetland. If they
didn't have a std when they went in they surely would have one when they came
out. I'd estimate that they could drain 50 percent of your blood in one hour.
Absolutely the worst I've ever seen and ferocious too. Should be a good selling
point.
11:10 pm edt 

Saint Judy of Bangs

There is word being spread around town that the Bangs St. Ext. condo's have
transformed the waters in the adjacent wetlands to a holy, blessed elizir
capable of curing STD's. It is hard to believe the report that Judy will be
charging $5000.00 to cross her property to obtain just one half-pint of the
precious waters. Please, please Judy this is my last resort and I cannot afford
to buy the water.
You cannot possibly be greedy enough to deny your waste water to the needy. I
will do anything you wish for a half-pint.
5:07 pm edt 

Re: Bangs St. Ext.

I'm not so sure the Bangs St. Ext. units are here to stay.  M Nature
is making that call on her own with dune erosion. Because it happened in the
West End, people should shut up about it?  That isn't right. It isn't "not in my
backyard".  Bangs St. is blatantly wrong and proves developers care nothing
about the town they profess to love when presenting their projects to the
public.  It proves deception and greed levels off the charts.  Ptown's
leadership is weak and easily controlled.  Combine that with its open lifestyle
scene and it's the perfect prey.  Visitors come to this town to escape
mainstream America and will just about sell their own mothers to own property
here.  Good grief.  Cheaply built, modular, slapped up one-two bedroom units in
Provincetown, better than gold. How many of these 4 will be bought by yearround
townspeople.  Maybe the one designated as "affordable" (if anyone actually
remembers this and requires it).  For christ sake, the halves and w!
indows don't even match up.           
5:05 pm edt 

TV Program on Provincetown Development
 

"Development

in

Provincetown"

 

Who decides

Who profits

Who loses


This weekly program will begin airing July 13th on public access channel 17.

It will examine issues of how the town is presently being developed.  Interviews will include members of the regulatory boards, the public, developers, those who

have  been directly affected by development and hopefully town officials.

Russell Braun, the Building Commissioner has declined to be interviewed.

This series will examine the laws that we created in town meeting, how do they work and who is responsible for enforcing them.  

The program will follow the process of a development now before the regulatory boards at 8 Fishburn court.


TUNE IN

Tuesdays   8PM    and      Saturdays  4pm          channel 17

Produced by independent producer, Catherine Russo


Have ideas for the show?  Call 508 487 3851

3:00 pm edt 

Bangs St. Ext.
 
In less than one half year the foundations on the famous Bangs St. Ext. condos
are starting to crack and sink towards the wetlands. Good job to every one
involved, you have done yourself proud. I just hope Judy gives you your
rightfull piece of the pie, then we can all sit back and laugh at the poor saps
that buy these monstrosities. I'm sure town government will then come out of the
closet and enforce their "by-laws" as interpreted.
11:50 am edt 

Innovative Taxe Source

Anyone realize how many professional gay escorts are in town this
summer? A tax on their services could put a dent in our deficit.
11:09 am edt 

Maybe the Provincetown Banner Should do a poll:

Is it time to fire our Harbormaster?

Check one:

Absolutely!

After his boat sinks one more time

After his engine blows up again

After he sinks the barge again

After one more flop house is reported operating on
MacMillan Pier

11:05 am edt 

It's Hot in Here!

Minimum of 8 more cars.  Don't forget to add Conservation Commission,
Health Department and Building Commissioner to the list of those who should
catch some blame for this.  It's awful hot in this developer's pocket. 
11:04 am edt 

A Question: Has Sharon Fired Anyone Since She Took Over?

Too many heads of departments show real incompetence and yet they remain in
place. Rex can damage more and more boats, but does she have the cahunnas to
fire him? Look at our failed sewer system and all the attendant problems. Look
at problems with the building commissioner and the complaints lodged against
him. But life continues as it has been here.
11:03 am edt 

Bangs St & the West End

I can hardly believe all the complaints about the project on Bangs
Street Ext.  Have any of you seen the West End lately?  It looks nothing like it
did ten years ago.  At least 50 or 60 new condo units have been jammed in there. 
The project at Bangs St Ext is here to stay, just like all the other new
developments all over town.  With all these complaints, it sounds a lot like
"not in my backyard".  Get over it and move on already.

11:02 am edt 

Near St. Peters

Isn't there a mini Bangs Street near the Church in what used to be someone's
back yard?
10:58 am edt 

Article in the Guardian.....United Kingdom

Pride and Independence in Provincetown

Fourth of July celebrations in small-town America reveal liberality and
inclusiveness, and a country at peace with itself

  
Philip Hoare byline
    
          o Philip Hoare
          o guardian.co.uk, Monday 5 July 2010 13.59 BST

Independence Day, Cape Cod style. I sit on the steps of the Albert Merola
gallery on Commercial Street, Provincetown, to watch the passing parade in the
blazing heat. Fire engines stuck over with ribbons and rosettes and the legend
"Proud to be an American!" Drag queens perched on children's trikes. A marching
pipe-and-drum band of girls and boys in colonial frockcoats and tricornes. The
local congress representative glad-hands the crowd.

And from an orange convertible, an Edna Everage impersonator (impersonating a
female impersonator) waves her gladioli. Add to this to a shower of candy
chucked to the applauding crowd. John Waters  writer and director and summertime
resident of the town  happens to be standing next to me, and quips: "They're
throwing it offensively."

Like Waters's films, there's barely an ounce of good taste to be seen. Tawdry
glitter and cross-dressing is the order of the day. It's virtually mandatory,
legally enforced by the cops on bikes who patrol the outer edges of this
decorative, contained madness.

Later, out on the beach, families play while the thud-thud-thud of the gay tea
dance disco drifts across the bay at four o'clock in the afternoon. Over there,
topless men are gyrating and, doubtless, taking drugs. Over here, children are
digging for sandcastles. A beach volleyball match is in progress, fuelled by
margaritas and bouncing, well-filled bikinis. In the distance, the hoot of a big
boat announces the departure of another whale watch, out into the distant
Atlantic, where humpback whales cavort and breach.

This is not the America we assume, but another America; just as, a couple of
days before, I sat on a village green in Truro, down the cape from Provincetown,
to hear a fiddler band surrounded by liberal families and dancing children in
the evening sun under willow trees  a reminder of American utopia, rather
heartening in its inclusive way. One could have a conversation with each of them
and hear the kind of views it is rare to hear in England, which considers itself
so advanced.

This is small-town America, with all its good and bad. And this tawdriness,
which old Europe may sneer at, is in fact extraordinarily reassuring. Even in
its instability and campness and outre quality, it seems to refer a paradoxical
permanence. An anarchic sense of theatre  just as everyone riding a New York
subway is a performer.

People may be sleeping in their cars, their houses foreclosed like their
businesses, standing in line for handouts. When I found myself counting out
loose change in the local garage the other day, the Catholic priest, who
happened to be behind me, offered to "help out". These days, you don't have to
look down-and-out to be so, it seems. Amazingly, the proprietor just asked me to
bring the two dollars I owed him next time I was passing.

This is a country of communities. It cares about itself and its people, as
sentimental as that may sound to world-weary English ears. It's that quality
that founded this brave republic. And here in Cape Cod  a sandy spit where
Thoreau boasted that "a man may stand and put all America behind him", yet in
whose harbour the Mayflower Compact, the real founding document of America, was
signed  here, as much as anywhere else, that sensibility speaks of a tantalising
yet tangible stability.

Politics and politicians come and go, thousands of gallons of oil may pump out
into the Gulf of Mexico, and the front page of the New York Times may feature
the first surviving quadruple amputee from Afghanistan, but this place, like
thousands of others in America, will remain American, no matter what happens to
the rest of the world. Or, indeed, to itself.

In the evening, fireworks lit up the sky. Some people got drunk. There may have
been an incident or two downtown, where incomers without foreknowledge of the
liberality of this little, open and inclusive town might take offence at one too
many same-sex couples strolling hand-in-hand down the street. But generally,
here America is at peace with itself. It's only the rest of the world, it seems,
with which it has issues.

10:57 am edt 

Monday, July 5, 2010

Harbormaster Boats....Where are They?

Does that mean there were NO harbormaster's boats patrolling the water
over the 4th of July? One sank and hasn t been replaced the other one's engine
blew up? 
10:04 pm edt 

Yes, Bangs Street is a Sad Development

All those involved should be ashamed. There will be many accidents as eight
more cars move in and out of this little dead end street. And if there is an
emergency, then call Zoning who allowed this to happen. I'd call Planning too
for their poor and shoddy work on this project. How they could agree that this
develoment fits into the neighborhood landscape and adds to the neighborhood is
beyond me.

I'm glad you took a look even though it's a destroyed street that used to be
sweet and once reflected what Provincetown used to be.
10:02 pm edt 

Two Sides of the Coin

I try to visit Ptown at least twice a year, once in summer to savor
the season's natural beauty and once in winter to appreciate the will to survive
against the elements of this wonderful town.  We have many great friends in
town.  I frequently visit this blog but have not contributed until now.  We had
the pleasure of Ptown for the first time this season this weekend. Festivities
were great as usual.  Lots of fun.  A friend suggested we stroll down Bangs St.
Ext. as we were staying in the East End and it was nearby on our way downtown. 
I had heard about this development. Needless to say, I was shocked with what I
saw.  This project dominates the entire neighborhood of this little dead end. 
Cars were haphazardly parked about with absolutely no (and I mean NO) room for
emergency vehicles if the need should arise.  I understand units have not been
sold yet.  I shudder to think what will happen when they are.  Trees look
damaged and dirt overflowed where flowers and!
  greenery used to be.  I am disheartened totally.  I do not understand how the
people in charge of protecting this precious town from this type of thing could
have let this happened.  This can't possibly be legal on such a small area.  I
leave town this weekend with happy memories and a heavy heart because a little
street where I used to stay looks like someone wanted to make a little too much
money and knew the right people to do it.  What a shame.

Happy (and sad) Camper 
9:01 pm edt 

More Details on How Rex Destroyed the New Engine on the Pump Out Boat:

Wen the barge sank, he took the fuel tank from it which was full of water. he
neglected to think that the water going through the new engine would do great
harm to it. it's just careless folks. he should be fired immediately for that
and all these other f...k-ups.

Endless hours charged by an outside vendor to fix the problem that Rex could
have easily avoided. And it still not fixed! It is also interesting to note that
he failed to tell Sharon Lynn at his weekly meeting what had happened to the
engine. He tried to cover it up. Well Rex you didn't. I think Town officials are
finally waking up to the fact you are not up to the job.
8:59 pm edt 

The Parade!

Thank you for responding but I found out the time by a friend. Thank goodness for
the marching drummers.

If it weren't for Sarah Peake with her marching entourage and the fire engines
it would have been a lot shorter. What ever happened to the wonderful marching
bands? 

Years ago Provincetown had a high-school marching band - well forget
that - now they don't even have a high school let alone a marching band but they
also had other bands from different areas.

I guess we'll have to wait for the biggie - the Carnival Parade.
4:44 pm edt 

0f Course the Chief Was in Uniform

The blogger said that kerry adams commandered the harbormaster's
police cart disguised in a red sox t shirt to use it for a joy ride off macmillan pier.

The Harbormaster should report to the police chief not someone like Kerry adams. Things
would be so much better for all of us!
4:24 pm edt 

Hi Rat!

There are two components for humans and one for dogs. It's also ADA approved
Rat.

Enjoy!
12:41 pm edt 

Provincetown Public Pier

Unfortunately, we all know Kerry Adams lacks the good judgement gene.
10:10 am edt 

July 4th

If anyone saw the parade and strolled the town they might have seen the chief in
uniform.  Please get your facts straight before commenting.

10:09 am edt 

To: Candes

I thought the water fountain was going to have a spigot for people too? im
pretty sure thats what i remember reading. can you clear this up for me?

A Rat In The Basement

p.s. i will use either one
10:08 am edt 

Provincetown Pier

When,when are things going to change for the better on our pier????
10:07 am edt 

For YOur Question About the Parade--so sorry but You Already Missed it!

It was good parade. Enough music, enough politicians to fill the streets. Enough
flags and bands to celebrate the day.

Thanks everyone. It was fun!

And on to tonight!
10:05 am edt 

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Provincetown Pier:

Does anyone know why Kerry Adams answers the phone in the Harbormasters Office? 
Is he a Harbormaster...  If he is only on the Pier Corp board, he should have no
business using the scooter marked "police" and/or answering there phone.. 

Does anyone oversee the Harbormasters?  Don't tell me Sharon Lynn because she
can't even take care of the problems at Town Hall...
3:40 pm edt 

Imagine This Scenerio if You Can:

Our Town Manager or one of our Selectmen wearing a Red Sox Martinez T Shirt
driving one of the Town's police cars and going to Lopes Square in it this
morning to fetch some coffee?

It would be a far stretch of one's imagination? Right? Right! But when it comes
to the Pier Corporation no scenerio seems unimaginable. Lack of good judgement
Rex and Kerry Adams seems to walk hand and hand these days. Today's example,
Kerry driving the harbormaster's vehicle with a Red Sox t shirt on and fetching
coffee at Lopes Square. Please, can you people overseeing the pier look any more
unprofessional to the public? You are not the harbormaster nor an assistant
harbormaster. You have no business taking the harbormaster's vehicle out for a
joy ride. Are you on the insurance policy? No, you are not. Thanks for putting
the Town at risk as well.

Why don't you can one of those huge Pier Corp. decals the former Chair drove
around with trying to look mighty important too.
3:27 pm edt 

Fourth of July

Can someone tell me what time the parade starts and are there more participants
than in the past few years? The Fireworks are usually at dusk; I'm assuming it's
the same this year.

12:29 pm edt 

This Couldn't Happen

THE STAG AT EVE HAD DRUNK HER FILL,
YET HER UNSATIATED APPITITE REMAINS FOR THE KILL,
AND THOUGHTS OF CONQUEST FILLS HER STIIL,
HER NEXT OBJECTIVE MIGHT BE MONUMENT HILL,

A CRY WILL RISE UP FROM EVERY SOUL,
THE TOWNSFOLK WOULD QUESTION, WHAT IS THE TOLL,
THIS SCARED GROUND SHOULD NOT BE BREACHED,
AT LEAST NOT FOR FREE, IF THAT COULD BE REACHED

BUT HOW COULD THEY KNOW,
THE WILDEST IMAGINATION COULDNT START TO SHOW,
BUT HOW COULD THEY FEEL,
THE DEPTHS OF GREED TO WHICH THEY WOULD KNEEL,

A STRAND OF HER LOVERS HAIR IN A LOCKET,
WAS LIKE THE BOARDS AND OFFICIALS SAFE IN HER POCKET,
ALL ON THE PREMISE OF AFFORDABLE PRICE,
THE TOWN PAID ONCE, THEN AGAIN WOULD PAY TWICE,

BANGS STREET CONSTRUCTION HAD TAUGHT HER WELL,
THE BUILDING INSPECTOR COULD MAKE IT ALL SWELL,
WHY WASTE THE MONEY ON PLYWWOOD AND WRAPS,
WHEN HE WOULD ALLOW HER TO USE CARDBOARD AND TACKS,

IF IT WAS GOOD FOR FAT FRANSIS AND HIS FRIEND MR. KEYES,
WHY COULDNT IT WORK FOR IDIOTS LIKE THESE,
FIRST THE TOWN WILL FINANCE TO START THINGS AHEAD,
THEN THE DEVELOPERS WILL FINISH TO TAKE HOME THE BREAD,

SEPTIC WILL BE QUITE A THRILL,
OVERFLOW WILL SPEW AND DRAIN DOWN THE HILL,
WITH THE HILL BEHIND HER AND ALL IS SOFT SAND,
PROVINCETOWN EVENTUALLY WILL BECOME HER WETLAND,

YOU MIGHT ALL LAUGH AND PITY THE GOOF,
WHO WROTE THIS SAD STORY AND QUESTION HIS PROOF,
BUT THE TRUTH REMAINS STILL, THE STORIES NOT END,
IF IT HAPPENED JUST ONCE, IMAGINE, MY FRIEND.
12:28 pm edt 

Sorry

They'll only be handing out condoms to elementary school kids.   

12:26 pm edt 

Thanks For the Heads up!

If anyone knows about liquor and pouring it's Astrid Berg, thanks for
the heads up Astrid, are you closing after Labor Day again? Please keep up the
good work performing at Showgirls, you really missed your calling. You and Olive
Another should put on a road show up and down the East Coast!!
12:24 pm edt 

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy Fourth and Happy Parade and Fireworks!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Fourth and may it be a fun-filled time.

Happy for us all for this great weekend and for the freedoms that we cherish. To
freedom! To liberty! To life lived in these 50 states! And to those of us living
here by the sea and sand of Provincetown.

7:29 pm edt 

Happy 4th of July Weekend

Thoughts for the Day

1. Paul Mendes is a cool guy. I've known him for over 20 yrs. He's got a heart
of gold. If i needed someone ever to back me, i'd be honored if it was Paul.

2. The Chief of Police has the weekend off? This news leaves me scratching my
head. Unless there was a family emergency, it makes no sense whatsoever. 4th of
July is a bit scary in this town. Lots of people. Lots of sun. Lots of drinking.
Lots of late night idiocy. He should be here on the biggest night of the year
for the Police Dept. Is he planning on moving somewhere else? This is a good
first step in my book.

3. Bergman was an ass, a very very smart, ass. Admire him for the good things he
did, but don't wish for him to return. If our new Town Manager needs a better
Board of Selectmen, lets get her one.

4.I love well-behaved dogs. I love well-behaved children. 2 totally different
subjects. No need to compare them at all.
Unfortunately, the parents did not object when the school system gave all those
wonderful raises to the employees that were about to retire. So if there is no
more town money for playgrounds, its time for the parents to look in the mirror.


5. The folks who criticize the Tourism Director...i don't know the guy, but i do
know Provincetown is doing very well compared to the rest of the Cape with rooms
tax. Something must be going well. Very very few town employees make $90K.
Bergman himself left town with a salary of $106,000 so get a grip on your salary
ideas. Altho rumor has it the head of the Provincetown Television  gets over
$60K when you add benefits. Who approved that?

6. The weather's really really nice . I love a parade.
will they be handing out condoms?


Slippery Clam
6:59 pm edt 

Happy Birthday America!

Have a wonderful day and to everyone who lives
in this country... embrace your freedoms. How privledged we all are to be able
to live in the USA and in beautiful Provincetown. Happy Fourth of July 2010...PJ
6:41 pm edt 

Important Notice

The 10am Sunday pouring approval by the Gov is not official
in town. We need to go to town hall for applications. I think
that some business' think this can happen tommorow .It is not
legal yet. Do not go there. Follow the protocal. Licensing &
Zoning must approve. Go to town hall on tuesday .

Astrid Berg
6:39 pm edt 

Tourism Director

The BOS does not know excellence when they see it.  They are rewarding him for
mediocrity at best.  His day to day job is to baby sit the VSB and make sure the
bathrooms are clean.  The VSB award marketing grants to the same
businesses/people every year and make it sound like they are working so hard. 
give me a break.  They do not know how to think critically or strategically and
have no idea what destination marketing is.
4:08 pm edt 

Bangs Street

At first I didn't mind Bangs St. because it was approved. Who am I to
complain.  But now, everytime I see what has been done here I get mad.  The
houses are much too big and there are so many cars at the end of this poor
little street it looks like a parking lot.  When Mr. Corea (Mr. Mendes uncle)
owned this land it was nice.  He had a garden there.  Why on earth did our town
officials approve this?  It is too much building on a grand scale.  There should
be only one house here.  I am amazed and disheartened by how this quaint little
street has been ruined forever. 
4:03 pm edt 

Never Thought I'd Wish Bergman WAs Back as Town Manager

but I do. I'd rather a smart arrogant town manager than a small minded
over-her-head town manager. She wants to please. So yes to the police chief for
a week vacation during fourth of July. And yes to Russell Braun when he takes a
week vacation. This is not West Goshen. Please bring Bergman back! PLease!
4:02 pm edt 

Re: Paul Mendes

What does police training have to do with stepping up to
help someone in trouble.  That is why you would be polyping your sorry butt down
the steet. It is called being a man straight or gay.You would be one of those
neighbors in NY who watched out their windows while a woman was beaten to death
in an alley. And to the woman who saw Paul and said he is over 6 feet,buy a new
pair of glasses and another fantasy lock for you door
4:00 pm edt 

Tourism Director

Bob has been awarded a commendation from the BOS for a job of excellence,
professionalism & commitment to excellence in always going the extra mile.  In
addition he received personal accoloades from most of the businesses in town,
he's worked effectively with some of our largest revenue generating companies
(tour buses), attends meetings around the state for tourism and associated
venues to bring business & tourists. Bob created restaurant week for greater
exposure in encouraging regular guests and new people to town (& from around New
England) to try all our different fares. So... whomever wrote that derogatory
statement is one of those persons that talks without knowing and doesn't know
their butt from a hole in the ground.  We are blessed to have someone whom could
be making $250K a year but chose to accept a job that pays a secretary's pay...
for the simple reason of wanting to IMPROVE THIS TOWN.  He is working to
SUCCESSFULLY to improve this town.  JUST AS SHARON LYNN i!
s (in 3 years she's made changes needed that previous management allowed to get
so bad that we considered knocking down the "rock of our town" (town hall). 
Sharon has stepped up and initiated improvements that 30 years of previous
management tabled, to the point of almost condemning town hall.  Those in our
town government need to be further commended as they have stepped up to the
plate and are making MAJOR improvements to save our infrastruture and progess
this town.  Love it or move out to a shanty in the country where you can live in
squalor.
12:50 pm edt 

Tourism Director-

You get what you pay for . . . . especially in this town.  15 bucks is one kind
of meal where 50 bucks is another.  same with rooms.  well tourism is no
different.  Town pays $42k per year for a tourism director.  If they paid $80 or
$90K per year you would see a vast improvement.  in fact, the town is penny wise
and pound foolish.   The $40K to $50K additional to spend on someone who is
qualifed as a tourism director would bring in 10 times that amount in additional
meals and occupancy tax revenue.  Let alone what that individual could do for
the local economy and businesses.
12:48 pm edt 

Re: Paul Mendes

My sorry butt was not trained and paid to be a law enforcement officer. AND I'M
NOT A THREATENING INDIVIDUAL.
12:46 pm edt 

A Relationship Made in Heaven

PAUL AND CANDICE QUITE A PAIR,
DOGS AND REAL ESTATE BOTH CAN SHARE,
THE HOUSE OF CARDS WHICH WAS THIS TOWN,
WILL NOW BECOME THE TOWN OF CLOWNS

WATER AND SEWAGE WAS ONCE A CONCERN,
LEFT ON THE BURNER TO SIZZLE AND BURN,
THE CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE THEY GREADILY LAP,
AND WHO IS TO BLAME, THE TAXPAYING SAP

THE TOWN OFFICIALS ARE NOW GETTING FAT
BUT CLOSING THE SCHOOL IS NOT WHERE IT'S AT
THE FEDS AND THE STATE WILL SOON CLOSE IN
THEY'LL TAKE ALL THE CRIMINALS BUT LEAVE SHARON LYNN

SHE HAS FULFILLED AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED
BASCALLY THROUGH HER NO COMMENT STAND
LET THE OTHERS STAY AS THEY LAY
AS LONG AS SHARON, PAUL AND CANDICE HAVE A GOOD DAY
10:35 am edt 

Re: Paul Mendes

Paul is a good man who has helped people he doesn't even know.  I am
one of those.  Thank  you again, Paul.  I can see why he is upset by the blog
attackers and wants a face to face.  That is not a threat.  He is simply saying
man up and not be a little worm in the grass.  What a joke to the person who
says he feels intimidated and will not come to Provincetown as much because he
feels intimidated by someone who he has never even seen.Society in general
doesn't need people like you.  That means Provincetown too.  If you and Paul
were on the street and someone was being attacked, I know who would step up to
help and who would be running their sorry butt down the street.
10:32 am edt 

Childrens Playground Funding

"If someone spearheads funding to upgrade the childrens' playground(s),
you can count on the Provincetown Dog Park Association, Inc. to donate a few
dozen of our children sized dog park t shirts we sell to help with funding.
Maybe the first step would be to establish a Provincetown Public Playground Gift
Fund similar to the Provincetown Public Fountain Gift Found that was established
in 1985."

Candace
10:01 am edt

Candace, that sounds like a fabulous and generous idea! Would you be willing to
speak with Brandon Motta and help us out? Let me know if you have any other
thoughts or ideas. Pru knows how to get in touch with me.

Thanks,

Carrie Notaro
10:30 am edt 

Beware When You Think You Have Done So Much Good

Where is your poor uncle now? Where are your poor neighbors who loved your uncle
and now face such devastation and overbuilding in their little corner of Bangs
Street? Where is your good heart?

Please, spare some of us your self-pride and over-blown sense of yourself.

Your uncle knew the inner roots of this community and--honored it.  More than I
can say of his nephew.

Sad but true.
10:29 am edt 

Plain and Simple

Plain definitely but not simple. Anyone consorting with the real estate
developers are anything but simple. Now I'm on the list of feeling threatened.
The person who had blogged questioning his phyical condition said he had never
saw Mr. Mendes. I have and I am a small, slightly built woman, not in the best
of health. To me he appears to be about seven or eight feet tall with a bush of
wild looking hair. Has he taken up carrying a steel mooring ball with him? My
gosh, he wants me to sign my name, I'm already living behind three locked doors.


10:28 am edt 

Can You Believe it?

Since when does a high official of the police department get the 4th
of July holiday off? -When You Work For the Town of Provincetown  (we are
talking about our chief)

Isn't it great?  Our chief of police has the 4th of July long weekend off.   All
weekend long.  We have 50,000, maybe 70,000 people in town, and our great  town
manager allows a department head, to take this weekend off?   How many people
are coming into town for the fireworks?   This town is simply stupid to allow
this.
10:26 am edt 

Re: Paul Mendes

Why is Paul Mendes the topic de jour?  We get it.  Friend of dogs,
friend of Candace, veteran, policeman, '65 graduate of PHS, seller of Bangs St.
site, etc.  When will the statue be commemorated?  Still don't know the point of
his blog.
10:24 am edt 

Here We Go Again!

Please, let's not get into another financial fiasco like the library
with purchase of the warf. The cost to the townspeople would be at last 3 times
as much and perhaps up to 5 times the library costs. Yes, we are told the town
buys it and a private developer will renovate and run it, but the town told us
if we keep the library all renovation costs will be raised independently.. now
we have the extra 2 mil to pay. The warf should be sold to pros that know what
they are doing. And if the price has come down to an "affordable" amount why
has'nt anyone in the private sector picked it. Maybe they know more than the
town.
10:23 am edt 

Please Stop and Reflect

Are you serious about preferring the dogs over children? I cant even
believe that people argue over any of this pointless garbage.  I love dogs, have
two and they are considered our family however I have one child and he is our
world.  I feel as though the dog park is a great spot and has generated a very
warm and inviting space for me to bring my dogs. For my son & I bring our dogs
there quite often and if that has offended any anti children people I apologize
I wasnt being courteous of your less then mature feelings.

I dont believe that this town is so poor that we cant afford to spend even ten
thousand dollars on rehabbing the playground.  I love the dog park and I made a
donation, when we go there we clean up any litter we see and always make sure to
leave it better then we found it.  I would love a beautiful playground too; it
would be great to take my child to.  I would even volunteer to oversee and help
maintain the playgrounds if there was a committee; as I would if asked to do so
with the dog park. 

We dont have to make such fools of ourselves as a town but we do by acting this
way.  We seem to have forgotten any of our core values as human beings.  Look
what we are forcing our children to endure as a society and frankly it only
makes us look worse as a town.  No matter gay or straight, rich or poor; we were
all children and although it may have been many moons ago you can't have
forgotten the joy of being young.  Please stop the unnecessary anti children
commentary and think before you speak.  We have a rather large gay family week
and you might just upset some of those families that come here because of our
open mindedness and diverse community as well.  
10:21 am edt 

Tourism Director -

Of course he doesn't have any tourism experience, that's why the VSB hired him! 
One more person in town who can't find their way out of a paper bag . . . . .
10:15 am edt 

To: Paul Mendes

Thank you for your service to our country; and also thanks to all the other
veterans who read this as we approach our 235th July 4th.
10:14 am edt 

Friday, July 2, 2010

Re: Paul Mendes

I fail to see "attacks" on Mr. Mendes which he states he won't respond
to further.  Someone questioned his proclamation of serving 10 years in Vietnam
while he was in high school. He brought that on himself.  His personal
statements couldn't provoke rebuttals more but then when this happens, he calls
it being personally attacked.  Many people have lived in Ptown all their lives
and are upstanding citizens but they don't get on here and proclaim to be the
all knowing compass of morality for the town. Sorry Mr. Mendes.  4 and 0. 
Candace I can see, but I don't know what people are thanking you for.   
10:48 am edt 

Make it Five Paul!

Paul Mendes is also a great friend of the
Provincetown Dog Park Association. Paul donated a steel mooring ball which he
refurbished himself to give to the dog park. We then gave it to a local artist
who transformed it into a piece of art to celebrate Provincetown's Portuguese
and maritime heritage. It's at the entrance to the dog park with two Portuguese
roosters painted on it.

Paul has done many, many positive things for our community past and present. He
doesn't deserve these cowardly attacks against him.

Candace

10:46 am edt 

Outdoor Showers

I just read the story in the Cape Cod Times relating that outdoor
showers violate title 5 laws and the resonability of not enforcing the law. I
hope our water dept doesn't read this story. Who knows how far they would go to
get the $100 fine.
10:18 am edt 

Tourism Director

Does our Tourism Director have any experience in the tourism industry? 

10:17 am edt 

Plain and Simple From Paul Mendes

   I CHOOSE TO READ THIS BLOG, TO BE KEPT AWARE OF WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT
WHAT IS GOING ON IN MY HOME TOWN. DURING MY 30 YEARS AS A PROVINCETOWN POLICE
OFFICER I WAS, AND AM PROUD TO HAVE BEEN KNOWN AS A GOOD  PEACEKEEPER. 

   MY STATMENTS THEN, AND NOW TO THIS BLOG,   STILL STANDS, THAT ANYONE CAN
APPROACH ME, AND DISCUSS CALMLY WITH ME, ABOUT ANYTHING I HAVE STATED IN THIS
BLOG. PLEASE HAVE NO FEAR.

   AT THIS TIME IAM 4-0. THAT IS, FOUR PEOPLE PERSONALLY THANKING ME FOR MY
STATEMENTS, AND NO ONE WISHING TO PERSONALLY DEBATE  ISSUES WITH ME. NOT SIGNING
YOUR NAME, WHEN BEING NASTY  HAS ITS BENIFITS TO SOME PEOPLES CHOICE, ON HOW
THEY LIVE. HOWEVER ITS NOT HOW I HAVE LIVED.

   IN CLOSING I WILL NOT RESPOND TO ANY NEW ATTACKS ON ME. SO SOME OF YOU CAN
FEEL FREE TO CONTINUE TO WRITE WHAT YOU WANT. 

   I WILL CONTINUE TO READ THIS BLOG AND ONLY RESPOND WHEN I
FEEL IT IS HELPFUL TO PROVINCETOWN. AND THANK PEOPLE WHO ARE TRULY MAKING A
DIFFERENCE FOR THE GOOD.

     PAUL C MENDES
10:16 am edt 

When Thursday is Friday - When You Work For The Town

I took the time to look into this and I have a different interpretation and
opinion of a four-day work week with paid lunch than do you.

Hours of operation - 8AM to 6PM Monday through Thursday = 40 hours per week
minus 4 hrs for paid lunch = 36 hour work week and for several, I understand,
it's a 36 hour work week plus without compensation.  You make it sound like the
town employees got some really great deal.  They probably would have preferred
working a five-day work week with a pay raise instead of the four-day work week
with paid lunch.  It's my understanding those were the negotiations arrived at
since we at town meeting refused raises.

We can't expect to give some raises e.g. emergency personnel (police)while
others stay at the same salary for umpteen years. Perhaps we should think again
before we raise our hands on a vote for NO!  As for the tourists and second home
owners, to this I say, I own property and live here for 7 months out of the
year.  I'm fully aware of what the hours of operation are and I work around them
when need be.  I have found the employees very receptive to my requests when
asking that information or applications be sent to me.

In speaking to having Mondays off - it's not the fault of the town employees nor
is it the fault of my employees that I give the Holidays off to in the private
business sector because certain Patriotic, National, State or any other holiday
that we celebrate happens to fall on a Monday.

Perhaps we should circulate a petition or call directly to President Obama and
tell him to eliminate the National and Patriotic holidays this country
celebrates because people out there feel it's inteferring with private
enterprise.
10:12 am edt 

To: "It Happened in Ashland and Now in Natick"

You write: "Looks like the Historical
Commission in Natick has the cajones to do things when people break the rules.
Provincetown take notice!

Evers said the bylaw is clear that any changes to a historic building must be
approved by the Historical Commission, and he pointed to the name of the bylaw."

You further quote: "If a building permit was issued it seems to me you satisfied
the bylaw,"

Goodman said: "The lack of communication on the first part from the Building
Department to us is not your fault."

What I read from this article is the lack of communication between historic and
the building department.  Why would the building department issue a building
permit if the house was historic and required historic review?

Sounds like to me that governmental agencies in other communities have a
disconnect in communication.
10:10 am edt 

Oh, Yeh, We Were Misunderstood--so Says the School Committee
 
This is not what we meant. But what did we mean? And what did we say? and why
did we do what we did? Oh, my, we don't have answers to our questions and don't
even know where our qustions come from. Thank goodness for a good education. It
helps to sort issues and grasp the key issues. Oh, but, what are the issues? Oh,
we just don't really know. Ah, Oh, Gee!
10:05 am edt 

Town Offices

Oh , let me guess...   Town Hall will closed Friday and then again on Monday....
10:02 am edt 

Childrens Playground Funding

If someone spearheads funding to upgrade the childrens' playground(s),
you can count on the Provincetown Dog Park Association, Inc. to donate a few
dozen of our children sized dog park t shirts we sell to help with funding.
Maybe the first step would be to establish a Provincetown Public Playground Gift
Fund similar to the Provincetown Public Fountain Gift Found that was established
in 1985.

Candace
10:01 am edt 

Re: Mr. Mendes
 
I am also intimidated by Mr. Mendes blog.  He sounds angry (maybe it's
the all caps) and confrontational about something incidental like a dog park
fountain.  Hate to think how he would react if a serious issue like fraud were
to face him.   
9:59 am edt 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Mr. Mendes

By your own e-mail, if accurate, it seems apparent that you are a highly trained
individual. Many years of military and police experience. Your e-mails seem to
indicate a considerable amount of anger and aggression. The demand that the
blogger confront you face to face appears to be a challenge for a physical
confrontation.
Although I can easily estimate your age, I do not know your physical condition.
I think I would not care to be your adversary. I am not a native but a frequent
visitor. Right now I have to confess that I am intimitated and will have to
limit my visits. I only wish that I knew what you looked like so I would know
where the danger could come from. I shudder to think that any face in the crowd
could be you mistaking me for one of your perceived antagonists.
11:04 am edt 

Weeks do Not go by Without Complaints About the Pier

Watch the latest selectmen' s meeting. Selectman Knight complained about their handicap ramp
being broken for four yes four years and Selectman Andersen is concerned enough
about the myriad of complaints she is getting that she wants the Pier Corp. to
meet with them!

It should come as no surprise they were not even notified of the Town's interest
in buying Cabral's
Pier. 

Weeks? Hardly? It 's a problem board for the Selectmen.
11:02 am edt 

To: Dog vs Children

Apparently you don't have any.  And perhaps you should never !!!  the
playgrounds are for everyone's use.  They are almost always utilized.  I am a
dog lover and have several.  But, I also believe in a park for the children.. 
Don't be self centered and selfish..  I know people who support and give to
organizations that they have no interest in...  So, quit your ignorance..  You
were a kid once too..  or, maybe not and that's why your so bitter......
11:00 am edt 

When Thursday is Friday--When You Work For the Town

Isn't it great. We have all these tourists and second home owners who need
services. Sorry. Thursday is Friday is Satruday. Don't expect services when you
need them. Our beloved town employees need their time off and their paid
lunches. Four days is more than enough days for them to work. What you need can
wait. Until it's Monday. But this Monday will be another holiday. They won't be
working then either. Sorry this Monday is Friday too.
10:56 am edt 

Dogs vs. Children!

Obviously you taken exception to children.  Let me remind you my dear, you were
a child once and perhaps there were people out there that though you should have
not entered into the world because they didn't like children.  If you like dogs
over children that's your prerogative but keep your feelings to yourself; if
not, it just shows your ignorance!
10:55 am edt 

Re: Undocumented Dog

What's the big deal about Candace's dogs being licensed in another
town? My dogs are licensed at my other home. Stop trying to make an issue where
there is none. Why is it that some people can't be happy for other people when
they do something nice. Candace has worked hard to raise funds to build a dog
park. A place where dogs can run free and exercise. I'm sure everyone who was 
         about dogs running free on the beach are happy about the dog park. Too
many pissy people in this town!

JR
10:54 am edt 

It Happened in Ashland and Now in Natick

Looks like the Historical
Commission in Natick has the cajones to do things when people break the rules.
Provincetown take notice!

By Charlie Breitrose/Daily News staff
The MetroWest Daily News
Posted Jun 30, 2010 @ 12:00 AM
NATICK  The owners who installed vinyl windows in the second-oldest home in town
can either put in wood-framed windows or alter the existing ones to make them
look historic, the Historical Commission ruled last night.

Tim Collins, owner of the Stephen Bacon House on North Main Street, said he
replaced the windows because many would not open and many of the storm windows
either would not open or would not close.

"At the end of the winter it was apparent that we couldn't live in the house
with storm windows that continue to fail, so we put in new windows," Collins
said.

He also said the windows contained lead, which concerned him because he has
three children.

Collins agreed to make the necessary changes. After the meeting, Collins
declined to comment on the decision.

In May, Home Depot replaced 17 of the home's windows. Four years ago, Collins
said, he obtained a building permit to replace seven windows in the back of the
house. He got approval so he didn't think he was doing anything wrong this time.

The new windows were installed before the town Building Department approved a
permit. When inspectors realized it was a historic house, they denied the
permit, said Steve Evers, chairman of the Historical Commission.

The house is on the National Register of Historic Places, and dates back to
1704. It was part of one of the first six farms in the area.

"We're all freaked out because it is one of the most historic buildings in
town," Evers said. "Somebody should have called us and asked us (if the project
fit the historic bylaw)."

Because the home is on the federal list of historic places, it falls under the
town's bylaw on historically significant buildings.

Collins said he was a Town Meeting member when the bylaw passed, and he did not
know that he was doing anything improper by putting in the vinyl windows.

"It never says anything about windows (in the bylaw)," Collins said.

The Collins bought the home in 2004, and he said they have invested about
$200,000 to preserve and maintain the house.

Evers said the bylaw is clear that any changes to a historic building must be
approved by the Historical Commission, and he pointed to the name of the bylaw.

"It says clearly in Article 76 - 'alteration,"' Evers said, looking at the bylaw
entitled "Regulations for Demolition, Alterations or Relocation of Historically
Significantly Buildings or Structures."

Evers suggested that Collins either put in windows with wooden sash (the frame
holding the glass) and muntin (the thin dividers that create the square pattern
on the windows), or keep the vinyl ones and put glue-on muntin on the panes of
glass to give them the historic look.

Also, half-length screens must be installed, rather than the full-window screens
currently on the house, Evers said, so that the people can see the
historic-looking windows.

Commission member Elliot Goodman said that windows installed four years ago
should not be covered by the ruling.

"If a building permit was issued it seems to me you satisfied the bylaw,"
Goodman said. "The lack of communication on the first part from the Building
Department to us is not your fault."

The first option bothered commission member Nancy Lavash because she said it
would put a heavy financial burden on Collins.

Collins has 30 days to decide which solution to follow. If he chooses the
glue-on muntin option, Evers said the commission will have to see an example and
approve it. The Historical Commission will meet next on July 26.
10:52 am edt 


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